Kim Woojin breaks 22-year-old 50-metre world record with 352

Kim Woojin has scored 352 out of a possible 360 points for 36 arrows at 50 metres to set a new world record, subject to ratification, at the 100th National Sports Festival in Seoul, Korea.

The previous mark of 351 points was shot by another Korean archer, Kim Hyung Ho, back in September 1997. It was the oldest standing outdoor record.

“I think I was lucky because I got many more 10s than I expected during the competition,” said Woojin. “I am pleased to have three world records at the moment. I will keep working for better performances.”

“This is not the end of the year because we are about to prepare for the Olympic Games – so there is not really a start and end for me. I will keep training through the winter and my final goal at the moment is Tokyo.”

When the score is ratified, Woojin will own three of the seven available recurve men’s outdoor world records. He also holds the world bests for the 1440 Round with 1391 points and 90-metre distance at 343.

He lost the 72-arrow 70-metre ranking round record earlier this year when Brady Ellison scored 702 points at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima.

Kim Woojin is currently number two ranked recurve man in the world, behind only Ellison.