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August 09, 2008

S. Korean Park ties women's archery record

BEIJING (AP) Defending Olympic champion Park Sung-hyun tied an Olympic record to help South Korea dominant on the opening day of the women's archery competition Saturday.

Park's score of 673 in the individual ranking round equaled the record set by Lina Herasymenko of Ukraine in 1996. Park set the world record of 682 in the same round in 2004.

South Korean Yun Ok-hee, ranked No. 1 in the world, finished second with a score of 667, while teammate Joo Hyun-jung followed at 664.

Americans Jennifer Nichols finished 24th and Khatuna Lorig finished 26th to advanced to the elimination round. Lorig has the rare distinction of having competed in the Olympics for three different countries, having represented the Soviet Union and the Republic of Georgia at previous games.

The U.S. women weren't among the 17 nations that qualified for the elimination round.

Individual action resumes Tuesday, with the championship Thursday. South Korea gets its chance to repeat as team champions Sunday.

Juan Rene Serrano of Mexico had the top men's score of 679 on Saturday. Mangal Singh Champia of India followed with 678, and Victor Ruban of Ukraine also shot a 678 to finish third. The men will resume individual competition on Wednesday before deciding the medalists Friday.

Three Americans made the top 64 to qualify for the elimination round. Brady Ellison shot a 664 to place 15th, Butch Johnson shot a 653 for 40th place and teammate Vic Wunderle placed 41st with a score of 652.

South Korea had the top men's team score and will try to repeat as Olympic champions Monday. Park Kyung-mo led the team with a fourth-place finish.

The U.S. team finished 10th to earn one of 12 spots in the elimination round.

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