HK's Lee somewhat skittled at home of cricket
It rained at Lord's but play continued for perhaps the first time in the history of the home of cricket. And it wasn't South Africa dominating - although they could well do once the third test against England starts on August 16 - but rather South Korea.
Bows and arrows, not bats and balls, was the sporting equipment on show at the world's most famous cricketing ground as archery ushered in the opening day of competition. And it didn't take long for world records to tumble with the Koreans hitting the opposition for six.
Im Dong-hyun, who is legally blind, broke his own mark for 72 arrows by three points after accumulating 699 during the ranking rounds. He also joined teammates Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek to set a new world mark in the men's team event, shattering the previous record by 18 points.
Among the large crowd were Princess Anne and two former cricket captains, England's Mike Atherton, now a newspaper correspondent, and Australia's Steve Waugh, an ambassador for his country's Olympic team. 'I'm just wandering around trying to see what is happening. It's jolly good,' said Atherton, who once was caught with dirt in his pocket during a test match but is now trying to get the dirt on proceedings.
When asked what he felt about seeing archery at Lord's, Waugh replied: 'I like all sports'.
If the Koreans were hammering the others to all corners of Lord's, Hong Kong's Calvin Lee Kar-wai struggled to come to terms with the conditions. Hong Kong's sole Robin Hood hit very few bulls-eyes and could only manage a score of 637, which placed him 60th out of the 64-strong field.
'I was a bit nervous but grew in confidence and at the halfway mark I felt I was doing quite well,' Lee said. 'But in the second half it started to rain and that affected me again.'
All 64 athletes will begin from scratch as yesterday's preliminary round was held just to rank them from 1 to 64. The elimination rounds will commence over the next few days with number one, Korean Im, taking on number 64, San Marino's Emanuele Guido. Lee will meet fifth-ranked Japanese Takaharu Furukawa.
'It is disappointing. I had hoped for a better score but could only tie the Hong Kong record. Now I will be up against a top-ranked opponent,' said Lee.
At least he will be able to walk on to hallowed turf. The preliminary ranking rounds were held on an outside lawn where normally the nets are held for cricket. Only the elimination rounds will be staged inside the actual playing area at Lord's.
A 5,000-seater temporary arena has been built right by the Long Room, which players from WG Grace to Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, have walked past on their way from the dressing room to the pitch.
'I read about this place before I came. I know it is a famous cricket ground and that it has a long history,' Lee said. Unfortunately, his stint at the crease is likely to be shortlived.
I could only tie the Hong Kong record. Now I will be up against a top-ranked opponent Calvin Lee