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An Olympic sport since 1900, the art of archery has been around much longer.

Although archery probably dates to the Stone Age (20,000 BC), the earliest known people to have used bows and arrows were the ancient Egyptians, who adopted archery at least 5,000 years ago for hunting and warfare.

The first known organised competition in archery was held at Finsbury, England in 1583 and included some 3,000 participants.

With the introduction of gunfire, the bow as weapon came to an end during the 30 Years War (1618-1648) and archery remained a competitive sport.

The bows have come a long way since those early days and the modern arrows, made of aluminium and carbon graphite, can travel upwards of 240km/h.

While the advancement in technology has undoubtedly aided the sportsman, there's still no substitute for the athlete's steely nerves, sharp eyes, steady hands, strong shoulders and flexible muscles; especially when going for gold.

Although archery appeared on the Olympic Stage in 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1920, international rules had not been sufficiently developed and the sport disappeared from the Olympics for more than 50 years; eventually making its return at the Olympic Games, in Munich 1972.

Archery has remained a part of the Olympic programme ever since.

Archery - Olympic Competition

Archers shoot at targets, 1.22 metres in diameter and marked with 10 concentric rings, from 70 metres.


Hitting the bullseye, 12.2 centimetres in diameter, counts as 10 points and values for each ring decrease by one the further from the bull, the the outer ring only being worth one point.

Olympic Events

The four Olympic events comprise of men's and women's individual and team competitions.

After being ranked from one to 64, the archers, or teams, compete in head-to-head matches with single elimination.

The gold and silver medals are decided in the final, while the losing semi-finalists shoot for bronze.

Men Women
70m Individual
70m Team
70m Individual
70m Team

Archery - Olympic Greats

Kim Soo-Nyung won gold medals in both the individual and team archery events in front of her home crowd at the Seoul 1988 Olympics.

She then won a silver medal in the individual event at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics and another gold medal in the team event; to retire at the tender age of 21.

Kim returned to training in 1999 and qualified for the South Korean Olympic team for the Sydney 2000 Games; winning another gold in the team event and a bronze in the individual event; taking her Olympic total to 4 gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

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Archery Links

Av. de Cour 135, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland.
Founded in 1931, the Federation Internationale de Tir a l'Arc (FITA) is the international governing body of archery;  regulating archery world-wide through its more than 130 Member Associations.

Archery Australia:
The national controlling body for FITA Archery in Australia.

Archery New Zealand:
Archery New Zealand is an Incorporated Society affiliated to FITA (Federation Internationale de Tir a l'Arc), Oceania Archery Association and the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association.

The Pan-American Archery Federation.

Croatian Archery Association:
Includes a listing of archery clubs in Croatia.

Dansk Bueskytteforbund:
Danish archery.

European and Mediterranean Archery Union:
Their primary goal is to promote and encourage archery throughout Europe and Mediterranean.

Federación Chilena De Tiro Con Arco:
Promoting the bow and arrow in Chile.

Federation of Canadian Archers:
FCA is a not for profit national sport governing body dedicated to the promotion of all types of archery to all Canadians.

Irish Field Archery Federation:
They've registered a domain name but still use free homepage webspace.

Österreichischer Bogensportverband:
Austrian archery.

The Glade:
International archery magazine with archery forum.

The Grand National Archery Society:
The governing body for the Olympic sport of archery in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

USA Archery:
News and results for US archers and tournaments.

Further Reading

Olympic Archery.


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