countries including Japan, Holland, Switzerland
and Turkey claim connections with archery going
back hundreds of years.
became an Olympic sport in 1900, but only until
1908, returned briefly in 1920, but wasn't
re-introduced until 1972.
are events for men and
usually take place outdoors, but there is also
an indoor version.
distances for international competition range
from 30 to 90 metres. The safety spect is
important, so as a clear area of field or an
empty sports hall is used.
modern competition bow is a complicated affair
with stablizers and sights to aid the archer. At
least six arrows are needed.
wear smart/casual clothes and a protective chest
guard. There is also a glove or mitten for the
hand on the bow.
arrows are kept in a quiver attached to the
competitor by a belt.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
target is marked with five coloured circles:
yellow at the centre, then red, blue, black and
white on the outside. Each band of colour is
divided into two circles, so that there are 10
rings, which return a score of 10 in the middle
and one on the outside.
current Olympic rules state that the top 32
competitors meet to a head-to-head knock-out
competition until one winter is left.
Championship rules demand that a round of 36
arrows should be fired from 90, 70, 50 and 30
metres from the target for men. Women fire from
distances of 70, 60, 50 and 30 metres.
RECORDS SET IN THE GAME
archery returned as an Olympic sport in 1972
America dominated, producing two great archers
and rivals in Darrell Pace, born in Cincinnati,
Ohio, in 1956, who won Olympic gold in 1976 and
1984, and Rick Mckinney, born in Indiana in
1953, who took Pace’s World Championship
in 1977, retaining it in 1983 and
DID YOU KNOW?
the cloth can be renowned sportsmen. In 1904
Reverend Galen Spencer became the oldest archery
gold medallist, aged 64.
Dod was a British sporting phenomenon. She was
not only considered the best woman archer in the
country, but she also won the Wimbledon
women’s singles title five times, played
hockey for England and was a champion
Antwerp Olympics the archery competition was
made up of individual and team events for women,
given the remarkable titles of ‘Little
Bird’, “Big Bird’ and