South Korea gets third gold of Games

Updated: August 21, 2004, 7:14 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- South Korea beat Taiwan 251-245 Saturday to win the gold medal in men's team archery.

Im Dong-hyun, Park Kyung-mo and Jang Yong-ho won South Korea's third archery gold of these Olympics. Ukraine beat the United States 237-235 to win the bronze.

The Koreans also won three golds in 2000.

"It is the happiest day of my life," Im said. "This gold medal has motivated me to make plans for the next Olympics."

The Koreans edged the Netherlands 250-249 in the quarterfinals, then beat Ukraine 242-239 in the semifinals. They won the same three events in Athens as in Sydney: men's team, women's team and women's individual.

Americans Vic Wunderle, Butch Johnson and John Magera beat Sweden 246-242 in their first match of the day, then upset Italy 243-240 before losing to Taiwan 244-243.

"I think that we did our best," said Wunderle, who won an individual silver medal and a team bronze in Sydney. "I believe that we have one of the best teams in the world. It is now up to us to work hard for the next Olympic Games."

Johnson was also on the American team that finished third in 2000, and he helped the United States win a team gold in 1996 in Atlanta.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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