Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Ukraine's Viktor Ruban won the gold medal in men's archery at the Olympics on Friday, beating Korean Park Kyung-Mo in the final.
The 27-year-old Ruban, who finished in 13th place in 2004, won by a scant 113-112 count.
"I deserve the medal because I've trained for 14 years," said Ruban. "I give thanks to the support of my nation, my people and my family. The good environment and weather at the venue really helped me."
Bair Badenov of Russia won the bronze with a 115-110 victory over Juan Rene Serrano of Mexico.
U.S. archer Vic Wunderle closed out his third Olympic Games experience with a 113-106 loss at the hands of the top-seeded Serrano in the quarterfinals.
"It's an honor and privilege to participate in the Olympics," said Wunderle. "I've been to the Olympics three straight times and every time I have finished in the top eight. I know I was the only person from both Athens and Sydney to do that."
08/15 07:00:35 ET