Darrell Pace

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Darrell Pace
Darrell Pace 1987 Paraguay stamp.jpg
Personal information
Born (1956-10-23) October 23, 1956 (age 58)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Archery

Darrell Owen Pace (born October 23, 1956) is a former archer from the United States, who won two individual Olympic and World Championships titles each during his career. In 2011, he was declared as the Men's archer for 20th century by the International Archery Federation (FITA).


Pace, at the age of 16, became the youngest member of the U. S. team at the world championships, where he finished twenty-third.

Pace went on to win four consecutive national archery championships, from 1973 through 1976. He also won the title in 1978 and 1980. He won the world title in 1975 and 1979 and finished second to long-time rival Richard McKinney in 1983.[1]

After winning an Olympic gold medal in 1976, Pace was selected for the 1980 Olympic team, but the U. S. boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In 1984, he took a 13-point lead after the first day of the four-day competition and won an easy victory.[1]

Pace is one of only two persons to win a gold medal in both the 1976 and 1984 Olympics, Edwin Moses being the other.

Pace also competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics, finishing ninth in the individual competition and winning a silver medal in the team event along with McKinney and Jay Barrs.[1]

Darrell O. Pace Park, located in Hamilton, Ohio, is a 7-acre (2.8 ha) park named in his honor.

In 1974, at the US Nationals in Oxford, Ohio, Darrell Pace set his first FITA record of 1291 beating John Williams' record of 1268 shot at the 1972 Olympics. He broke that in 1975 at the Nationals with the first 1300 in history; he got 1316. In 1978, Ferrari from Italy broke that with a 1318. Darrell then shattered that the next year in 1979 with a 1341 in Japan; that record stood for 10 years. All in all Darrell held the Total FITA world record for 14 years, raising the record a total of 71 points in 5 years. As of 2008, Darrell pitches for the softball team No Cash, coached by Jeff Yaw, and also No Cash's minor league affiliate, the Off Dudes, coached by Michael Lewicki. An accomplished pitcher, Darrell is known for his opposite field hitting power. In October 2008, Darrell lead the Off Dudes to a 2008 Softball League Championship.

He now bowls in leagues with his son, Doug, and has three 300 games with several 299's. He has become an established bowler in the Cincinnati area.


  1. ^ a b c Darrell Pace. sports-reference.com

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