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The secret behind S.Koreans gold in Archery

other Updated: Nov 23, 2010 11:25 IST

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Stroking the backside of a tiger, manhandling snakes -- women archers at the Asian Games have been put through a bizarre and daunting range of initiations to build up their mental strength.

"I wonder how you found out the secret of our success," said the coach of South Korea's all-conquering team after details leaked out about the training encounter with the reptiles.

"Actually, the story is about 80 percent true. We do have special training to enhance bravery," Cho Eun-Sin was quoted as saying by the China Daily, refusing to disclose further details.

In preparation for the Games, Chinese archers were required to touch a tiger's rear at a zoo, the paper said, albeit with less success -- the Koreans beating the hosts on Sunday in the women's team final.