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Archery

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A fascinating test of nerve and accuracy, archery made its Olympic debut at Paris 1900, with women joining in four years later. At Rio 2016, both genders will compete in individual and team events, aiming for that perfect score.
Spectator's Guide - Archery
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Schedule & Results

Schedule & Results

Archery

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About

About

Aim of the game

Archery has a simple but far from easy objective: to hit the bull’s eye on a target from a distance of 70m

Why should you watch this?

From Robin Hood to Legolas, there have been many iconic archers in literature and film: at the Olympic Games you can see all this skill and heroism in real life

International Federation

Olympic debut

Paris 1900

Rules
  • Grouping

    Grouping

    Keeping arrows close together as they hit the target, indicating that the archer’s shooting is accurate and consistent

  • Drag

    Drag

    Effect of the wind on the bow, making it more difficult to aim

  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    The sport’s most difficult shot: hitting an arrow that is already in the target and splitting it down the middle

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  • Used for hunting and warfare at the beginnings of civilisation, archery became popular as a sport in the 16th century, when tournaments were held in England

    Used for hunting and warfare at the beginnings of civilisation, archery became popular as a sport in the 16th century, when tournaments were held in England

  • Archery became one of the leading Olympic sports at the St Louis 1904 Games, when women archers were also allowed to compete for the first time

    Archery became one of the leading Olympic sports at the St Louis 1904 Games, when women archers were also allowed to compete for the first time

  • At the Los Angeles 1984 Games, New Zealand archer Neroli Fairhall became the first paraplegic athlete to compete in the Olympic Games

    At the Los Angeles 1984 Games, New Zealand archer Neroli Fairhall became the first paraplegic athlete to compete in the Olympic Games

  • At the Los Angeles 1984 Games, New Zealand archer Neroli Fairhall became the first paraplegic athlete to compete in the Olympic Games

    At the Los Angeles 1984 Games, New Zealand archer Neroli Fairhall became the first paraplegic athlete to compete in the Olympic Games

  • The Republic of Korea leads the field in Olympic archery and has won medals in the last eight Olympic Games

    The Republic of Korea leads the field in Olympic archery and has won medals in the last eight Olympic Games

  • To comply with the international convention, the Brazilian Archery Confederation adopted this name in 1991, abandoning the term ‘bow and arrow’

    To comply with the international convention, the Brazilian Archery Confederation adopted this name in 1991, abandoning the term ‘bow and arrow’

Scoring

An archer has 40 seconds to shoot each of their six arrows at a target. In the finals, an archer has 20 seconds to shoot each of their three arrows at a target.

Scores on the target range from 10 for a bull’s eye to one for the outer ring. Competitors with the best scores after 72 arrows go through to the next stage. 

The team event is contested by teams of three archers.

Equipment

The recurve bow (the only kind allowed in the Olympic Games): comprises two limbs, the handle and bowstring, as well as sighting accessories and stabiliser rods.

Arrow: the maximum arrow diameter of the arrow is 9.3mm, but most are around 5.5mm so that they travel faster (arrows can leave the bow at over 240kmh).

Target: consisting of 10 concentric circles, the target is 1.22m in diameter and positioned 1.3m above the ground.

Skills

Strength, flexibility, accuracy and a cool temperament are the main qualities needed by archers.

Athletes

Athletes & Teams

Gender

Gender
Woman 50
Men 50
Women
Men

Age Range

Age Range
Under 15 0
16 - 20 16
21 - 25 42
26 - 30 23
31 - 40 16
Over 40 3
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