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Kim Woo-jin of South Korea fires Olympic archery world record

South Korea's Kim Woo-jin set a 72-arrow world record in Olympic archery Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

24-year-old competitor plays down achievement on Day 1 of Rio Games

South Korea's Kim Woo-jin, 24, set a new world record Friday at the Sambodromo archery venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

South Korea's Kim Woo-jin set a 72-arrow world record in Olympic archery Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The world champion's total of 700 points during the ranking round at the Sambodromo venue eclipsed the previous record of 699 set by compatriot Im Dong-hyun at the London Olympics four years ago.

Although he dazzled his Olympic rivals and thrilled the small crowd in  attendance, the poker-faced Kim played down his achievement in the ranking round.
 
"Getting the world record is very important, but tomorrow's matches are more important," the 24-year-old told reporters as sweat dripped from his brow under a hot sun.
 
"It's just the ranking round ... I want to focus on tomorrow, so today's not really big happy."  

Crispin Duenas of Toronto, a two-time Olympian, is representing Canadian men in archery at the Rio Olympics.

By Reuters, with files from CBC Sports

With files from CBC Sports

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