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Korea’s Bo-ram Kim Finishes First on Opening Day of Grand Prix

April 10, 1996

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) _ Bo-ram Kim of Korea finished first in the men’s events and Ying He of China took first in women’s in the ranking rounds at the Atlanta Grand Prix Archery Tournament Tuesday.

Kim, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Tuesday, shot 657 out of a possible 720 in the 72-arrow ranking round, which determines seating into the Olympic round.

The Olympic round, which runs through Sunday, is a head-to-head direct elimination which will determine the medalists. The Grand Prix also counts in the selection of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.

``This performance made it a very good birthday for me,″ Kim said through an interpreter. ``It was windy and the ground was quite soft. I feel very good now and expect to shoot better the rest of the week.″

Jay Barrs of Salt Lake City shot a 651 to finish second and Rod White of Hermitage, Pa., finished third with 648.

``I was happy with my performance today,″ said Barrs. ``The only thing I could do about the wind was wait. Then I just tried to shoot smooth shots.″

He shot 638 in the ranking round, followed by teammate Xiaozhu Wang who shot 637.

Jessica Carlson of Schoolcraft, Mich., finished third with 630 and Lindsay Langston of Mesa, Ariz., was fourth with 623.

Tuesday’s scores from Kim and He established the world record for the Olympic ranking round.

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