South Korean Kim Woo-jin scored 700 in the 72-arrow ranking round to set the first world record of the Rio Olympics. In London 2012, another South Korean, Im Dong-Hyun, had set the previous record by scoring 699.
The ranking round decides the draw for the Olympic round, in which archers compete in a knockout tournament. Kim finished 10 points ahead of second-place Brady Ellison of the United States.
“It’s just the ranking round, so today’s not really big happy. Getting the world record is important but tomorrow’s matches are more important,” Kim told BBC.
The men’s team title will be decided on Saturday.
“I was never paying too much attention about a world record, and so I am really not that excited,” Yonhap quoted him as saying. “The ranking round is just that. I will be concentrating harder on the tournament. I won’t get ahead of myself. If I prepare the best I can, there will be a good result.”
He added he wasn’t aware of the world record but admitted, “I was nervous when I fired my last arrow.”