Im Dong Hyun has been eliminated from trials for the Korean national squad for the first time since 2002.

The three-time Olympic medallist had held a spot for 18 consecutive years.

Im, who won the World Archery Championships in 2007 and 2017, posted a cryptic message on social media that suggested he might be retiring. The 34-year-old quickly confirmed through the Korea Archery Association that this would not be the case.

Korean trials restarted this week in Gwangju after they were interrupted in April due to restrictions imposed to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recurve squad for 2020 will be announced on Friday. The compound team has already been selected.

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