BEIJING - It took an "extraordinary" performance Friday to knock Mason City archer Vic Wunderle out of the Olympic individual archery competition. Top-seeded Juan Rene Serrano of Mexico scored 10 on five of his last six shots to snap a 54-54 tie and hand Wunderle a 113-106 quarterfinal loss.
"Serrano shot really good," Wunderle said. "I shot good, he shot better. The Olympic games are about the extraordinary."
Wunderle, the 2000 silver medalist in the event, defeated reigning world champion Im Dong-Hyun of South Korea 113-111 in the round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals.
"All in all, I had a good competition," Wunderle said. "It hadn't been my best season, but I saved my best performance for the Games."
Ukraine's Viktor Ruban took advantage of a mistake by South Korea's Park Kyung-Mo to win 113-112 in the gold medal match. Ruban, who was seeded third, had won a bronze medal as part of Ukraine's team in 2004, but never an individual Olympic medal.
"I deserve the medal because I've trained for 14 years," Ruban said. "I give thanks to the support of my nation, my people and my family."
Ruban had a 103-95 edge after his 11th arrow when Park scored just 8 on his 11th to even the match. Ruban scored a 10 on his 12th shot, forcing Park to get a perfect score to stay in the match. Park missed the center section by a few millimeters.
Park, who celebrated his 33rd birthday Friday, said this likely was his last Olympics after leading South Korea to the team gold medal earlier in the games. Though he felt pressure to please a large South Korean crowd, he appreciated the cheers.
"In the final round, you saw a very exciting game, and it was an honor to be participating," Park said. "It gave us the opportunity to show that archery can be a very exciting sport."
Russian Bair Badenov claimed the bronze with a 115-110 victory over Serrano.