August 26, 2008 / 6:44 AM / 9 years ago

Cupid's arrow hits Olympic archers

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s top male and female archers capped gold medal performances at the Beijing Olympics by announcing wedding plans just as the games ended, an archery official said on Tuesday.

<p>Park Sung-hyun of South Korea takes aim during her women's individual semi-final archery round against Kwon Un-sil of North Korea at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 14, 2008. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich</p>

Park Sung-hyun, 25, who led the women’s team to a gold medal and won an individual silver in Beijing, is to marry Park Kyung-mo, 33, who had similar success at the Games.

“The exact date hasn’t been decided yet but, yes, they are dating each other and planning to get married,” said an official from the Korea Archery Association.

The two, known for their cool composure in competition, struck up a relationship while training for the Olympics.

They surprised team mates and coaches by announcing at a Beijing restaurant that they were engaged, local media reported people close to the two archers as saying.

South Korean archers have dominated the sport at the Olympics for years. The two Parks have won a total of five Olympic gold medals and two silvers from Beijing and the 2004 Games in Athens.

Groom-to-be Park Kyung-mo was quoted by the association as telling reporters: “Now that it’s known to everyone, I hope people will welcome the news. Please give as much attention to archery as you give to us.”

(Reporting by Kim Junghyun; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing

by Paul Tait)

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