Archery at the Summer Olympics
|Archery at the Summer Olympics|
|Events||4 (men: 2; women: 2)|
|Medalists • Records|
Archery had its debut at the 1900 Summer Olympics and has been contested in 14 Olympiads. Eighty-four nations have competed in the Olympic archery events, with France appearing the most often at 31 times. The most noticeable trend has been the dominance of the Korean women archers, who have won 14 out of 15 gold medals in the women's events since 1984. The Korean men archers have been strong in the team event, winning four out of seven gold medals, but less distinguished in the individual event. It is governed by the World Archery Federation (WA; formerly FITA). Recurve archery is the only discipline of archery featured at the Olympic Games. Archery is also an event at the Summer Paralympics.
The second Olympic games, Paris 1900, saw the first appearance of archery. Seven disciplines in varying distances were contested. The next Olympics, St. Louis 1904, featured five archery events, but no athletes from outside the United States competed. At the 1908 Summer Olympics, three archery events were held. Archery was not featured at the 1912 Summer Olympics but reappeared in the 1920 Summer Olympics.
Between 1920 and 1972, archery was not contested at the Olympic games. The archery competition featured at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich consisted of a double FITA Round (from 2014 known as a '1440 Round') competition with two events: men's individual and women's individual. This form of archery competition was held until the 1988 Summer Olympics, when team competition was added and the Grand FITA Round format was used. Starting at the 1992 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Round with head-to-head matches was adopted and has been used ever since.
1972 marked the beginning of the modern archery competition at the Olympic Games. The events began to use standardized forms and many nations competed.
This table includes archery competitions in 1900, 1904, 1908, and 1920 in addition to the ones from 1972 on, which are shown above. These four years preceded the modern, standardized archery competition under the rules of the World Archery Federation and were contested by three nations at most. In one year (1904), only the United States competed. Other nations that competed during that period were France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.
|1||South Korea (KOR)||19||9||6||34|
|2||United States (USA)||14||10||8||32|
|5||Great Britain (GBR)||2||2||5||9|
|8||Soviet Union (URS)||1||3||3||7|
|16||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||0||1||1||2|
|21||Unified Team (EUN)||0||0||2||2|
Qualification spots in archery are allotted to National Olympic Committees rather than to individual athletes.
There were four ways for NOCs to earn berths in Olympic archery. No NOC is allowed to enter more than three archers of each gender. For each gender, the host nation is guaranteed three spots. The most recent World Target Competition's top 8 teams (besides the host nation) each receive three spots, and the 19 highest ranked archers after the team qualifiers are removed also earn spots for their country. 15 of the remaining 18 spots are divided equally among the five Olympic continents for allocation in continental tournaments. The last three spots in each gender are determined by the Tripartite Commission invitation.
Each NOC that receives three places for individual archers (i.e., the host nation, the top 8 teams at the World Target Competition, and any other nation that is able to take 3 of the remaining 37 places) is able to have its three archers compete as a team in the team competition. The minimum age for an Olympic archer is 16.
For 2012, the qualification rules were adjusted slightly. The host nation continued to receive three spots, as did the top eight teams at the World Championship. However, only 8 further individuals qualified through the individual placement at the World Championship. The continental tournaments received unbalanced allocations, with Africa and Oceania receiving only two qualification spots to the other continents' three. The Tripartite Commission retained its three selections. The remaining 13 spots were decided by Final Qualification Tournaments. Three additional team spots (9 individual spots) were allocated through the Final Qualification team event, and the last 4 spots through the Final Qualification individual tournament. If any of the NOCs qualifying through Final Qualification had already earned an individual spot, one more spot as added to the individual Final Qualification quota.
||Competition|| Modern Olympic archery consists of four medal events: men's individual, women's individual, men's team, and women's team. In all four events, the distance from the archer to the target is 70 metres.
||Individual|| In the individual competitions, 64 archers compete. The competition begins with the ranking round. Each archer shoots 72 arrows (in six ends, or groups, of 12 arrows). They are then ranked by score to determine their seeding for the single-elimination bracket. After this, final rankings for each archer are determined by the archer's score in the round in which the archer was defeated, with the archers defeated in the first round being ranked 33rd through 64th.
||Pre-2008|| The first elimination round pits the first ranked archer against the sixty-fourth, the second against the sixty-third, and so on. In this match as well as the second and third, the archers shoot simultaneously 18 arrows in ends of 3 arrows. The archer with the higher score after 18 arrows moves on to the next round while the loser is eliminated.
After three such rounds, there are 8 archers remaining. The remaining three rounds (quarterfinals, semifinals, and medal matches) are referred to as the finals rounds. They consist of each archer shooting 12 arrows, again in ends of 3 arrows. The two archers in the match alternate by arrow instead of shooting their arrows simultaneously as in the first three rounds. The losers of the quarterfinals are eliminated, while the losers of the semifinals play each other to determine the bronze medal and fourth place. The two archers who are undefeated through the semifinals face each other in the gold medal match, in which the winner takes the gold medal while the loser receives the silver medal.
All matches in 2008 were in the previous finals round format, using 12 arrow matches. Archers alternated shooting by arrow.
The individual match system was completely overhauled for the 2012 Olympics, though the single elimination with bronze medal match format was retained. The matches now consisted of sets. Each set comprised both archers shooting three arrows. The archer with the best score in the set received two points; if the set was drawn, each archer received one point. The match would continue until one archer reached six points. If the match was tied after five sets, a single arrow shoot-off was held with the closest arrow to center winning.
Early Olympic archery competitions had events that were unique for each of the Games.
|6 events, men only||6 events, men and women||3 events, men and women||not held||10 events, men only|
|Double FITA Round, men||X||X||X||X||X||–||–||–||–||–||–||5|
|Double FITA Round, women||X||X||X||X||X||–||–||–||–||–||–||5|
|Team Double FITA Round, men||–||–||–||–||X||–||–||–||–||–||–||1|
|Team Double FITA Round, women||–||–||–||–||X||–||–||–||–||–||–||1|
|Olympic round, individual men||–||–||–||–||–||X||X||X||X||X||X||6|
|Olympic round, individual women||–||–||–||–||–||X||X||X||X||X||X||6|
|Olympic round, team men||–||–||–||–||–||X||X||X||X||X||X||6|
|Olympic round, team women||–||–||–||–||–||X||X||X||X||X||X||6|
The following nations have taken part in the archery competition.
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|American Samoa (ASA)||–||–||–||–||–||1||1|
|Central African Republic (CAF)||–||–||–||–||X||1|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||–||–||–||–||1||2||6||X||X||X||X||6||6||9|
|Costa Rica (CRC)||–||–||–||–||2||2||X||3|
|Ivory Coast (CIV)||–||–||–||–||1||1|
|Czech Republic (CZE)||–||–||–||–||2||1|
|El Salvador (ESA)||–||–||–||–||X||X||2|
|Great Britain (GBR)||–||–||41||–||6||4||4||6||6||X||X||X||X||6||6||12|
|Hong Kong (HKG)||–||–||–||–||6||3||X||1||4|
|North Korea (PRK)||–||–||–||–||2||3||X||X||2||1||6|
|South Korea (KOR)||–||–||–||–||3||6||6||X||X||X||X||6||6||9|
|New Zealand (NZL)||–||–||–||–||1||3||1||X||X||X||X||7|
|Puerto Rico (PUR)||–||–||–||–||1||2||1||2||X||5|
|San Marino (SMR)||–||–||–||–||X||X||1||3|
|Saudi Arabia (KSA)||–||–||–||–||3||2||2|
|Solomon Islands (SOL)||–||–||–||–||1||1|
|South Africa (RSA)||–||–||–||–||X||X||X||X||1||1||6|
|Soviet Union (URS)||–||–||–||–||6||3||4||6||4|
|Unified Team (EUN)||–||–||–||–||X||1|
|United States (USA)||–||29||1||–||6||4||6||6||X||X||X||X||5||6||12|
|West Germany (FRG)||–||–||–||–||4||3||5||6||4|
|No. of nations||–||3||1||3||–||3||–||27||24||25||35||41||44||41||46||43||49||55||92|
|No. of archers||–||153||29||57||–||30||–||95||64||67||109||146||136||128||128||128||128||128|
The Olympic records for archery are for the competition format established in 1992.
|# of arrows||Archer(s)||Score||Games|
|72 (ranking)||Im Dong-Hyun (KOR)||699||2012|
|18||Park Kyung-mo (KOR)||173||2004|
|12||Lee Chang Hwan (KOR)||117||2008|
|36 (finals)||Tim Cuddihy (AUS)||340||2004|
|216 (team ranking)|| South Korea (KOR)
|27 (team)|| South Korea (KOR)
|54 (team finals)|| United States (USA)
|# of arrows||Archer(s)||Score||Games|
|72 (ranking)||Park Sung Hyun (KOR)||682||2004|
|18||Yun Mi-Jin (KOR)||173||2000|
|12||Park Sung Hyun (KOR)||115||2008|
|36 (finals)||Kim Nam-soon (KOR)||334||2000|
|215 (team ranking)|| South Korea (KOR)
Park Sung Hyun
Lee Sung Jin
|27 (team)|| South Korea (KOR)
|54 (team finals)|| South Korea (KOR)
|24 (team finals)|| South Korea (KOR)
Park Sung Hyun
- List of Olympic medalists in archery
- List of Olympic venues in archery
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