Olympic Archery

Olympic Archery has been a sport in 15 Summer Olympics with the earliest year being 1900. Archery has became a mainstay event in recent years being included in the last 11 consecutive Summer Olympics.

Olympic Archery

Archery has been a sport in 15 Summer Olympics with the earliest year being 1900. Archery has became a mainstay event in recent years being included in the last 11 consecutive Summer Olympics.

In today’s Olympic archery contests, a highly skilled archer with outstanding archery form has to make shots at a 1.22 meter ( 4 feet ) wide target 70 meters ( almost 230 feet ) away with a 12.2 centimeter ( 4.8 inch ) wide bullseye approximately 1.3 meters ( 4 feet, 3 inches ) off the ground. The target has 12.2 centimeter (4.8 inch ) wide concentric rings which are used for scoring.
The scoring starts out at the bullseye ( gold inner) at 10 points descending one point for each ring outward until the final white outer ring which is worth 1 point. The color scheme of an Olympic target from the bullseye outward is: gold inner, gold outer, red inner, red outer, blue inner, blue outer, black inner, black outer, white inner, white outer.

Archers may only use recurve bows equipped with one pin sight having draw weights around 48 lbs for men and 38 lbs for women. The archers arrows can range from 5.5 millimeters ( 0.217 inches ) to 9.3 millimeters ( 0.366 inches ) wide and must have distinctive markings to identify their shooter. Seeding rounds consist of 72 shots per shooter which from the results will rank them for the 12 shot head to head elimination rounds. There are 4 gold medals which can be won for men’s and women’s individual and team competitions.

In today’s Olympic archery contests, a highly skilled archer with outstanding archery form has to make shots at a 1.22 meter ( 4 feet ) wide target 70 meters ( almost 230 feet ) away with a 12.2 centimeter ( 4.8 inch ) wide bullseye approximately 1.3 meters ( 4 feet, 3 inches ) off the ground. The target has 12.2 centimeter (4.8 inch ) wide concentric rings which are used for scoring.

The scoring starts out at the bullseye ( gold inner) at 10 points descending one point for each ring outward until the final white outer ring which is worth 1 point. The color scheme of an Olympic target from the bullseye outward is: gold inner, gold outer, red inner, red outer, blue inner, blue outer, black inner, black outer, white inner, white outer.

Archers may only use recurve bows equipped with one pin sight having draw weights around 48 lbs for men and 38 lbs for women. The archers arrows can range from 5.5 millimeters ( 0.217 inches ) to 9.3 millimeters ( 0.366 inches ) wide and must have distinctive markings to identify their shooter. Seeding rounds consist of 72 shots per shooter which from the results will rank them for the 12 shot head to head elimination rounds. There are 4 gold medals which can be won for men’s and women’s individual and team competitions.

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