Archery is one of the oldest sports in history but it was only made official in the 16th century with the organisation of tournaments in England. It
saw its Olympic debut in Paris in 1900 and by the St. Louis 1904 games women were allowed to participate. Technology has advanced rapidly in the
sport more so than most others from those days.
The competition requires amazing concentration, balance and good eyesight with the target 70m away and only 1.2m round whilst firing an arrow at 240km
per hour. Add to this the need to be able to read the wind speed and compensate for it with minor adjustments so small that in London 2012 the
difference between gold and silver was 1cm. In individual events, archers with the best results after five series of three arrows go through to
the next phase. The same rule applies to team events, but the best teams after four series of six arrows go through.
In terms of performance, The Republic of Korea are by far the best country in terms of Olympic results, having won medals in the last eight editions!
Not only this but in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, the country took podium in all four events (men’s and women’s individual and men’s and women’s
teams) a remarkable achievement!
The venue is Sambódromo, also the scene of one of the biggest shows on Earth, the Rio de Janeiro samba schools parade. Hosting the Archery from the
6th-12th of August with 64 women competing for gold.
Here is the nail biting final from London 2012: