Archery at the Summer Olympics – History, Records, and Variations

Some of you might think that Archery isn’t as popular as it sounds, but it’s also a part if the Olympics. In this article, you can read about the history of competitive sport, world records, achieved by archers, and different competitions that are played in the Olympics. Archery is also a top-rated event at the Summer Paralympics. The Archery classifications get divided into three categories depending on the disability type of the archer.

Olympic Records in Archery

In men’s archery competitions at the Olympics, South Korea has the most records – five out of eight. They hold records in the following disciplines, and the following years:

  • 1996 Atlanta – 12 arrow match with a score of 115
  • 2004 Athens – 18 arrow match with a score of 173
  • 2000 Sydney – 27 arrow match with a score of 258
  • 2016 Rio – 72 arrow ranking round with a score of 700
  • 2012 London – 216 arrow ranking round with a score of 2087

Australia, the US, and Chinese Taipei also have three records in the remaining categories, which they scored during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Women also reached some word records in Archery, and again South Korea has all the record holders. South Korean women hold the records in all disciplines, and three of them were scored in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, two during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and one in Athens, Atlanta, and Barcelona. Ukraine also holds one record, and the score is the same as South Korea’s in the 72 arrow ranking round – 673.

Different Olympic Events Contested Over the Years

  • 1900 – seven disciplines with different distances.
  • 1904 – there were three men’s and three women’s competitions; introduction of women’s Archery, and team archery.
  • 1908 – three archery events were contested.
  • 1912 – the first time when Archery wasn’t an Olympic sport since it was adding in 1900.
  • 1912 – 1972 – Archery wasn’t contested, except for the 1920 Olympics.
  • 1972 – 1988 – FITA Round or known as “1440 Round” competition with two events: individuals for both men and women.
  • 1988 – Grand FITA Round, which is the usual FIRA Round plus a team competition.
  • From 1992 until now, the Olympic Round is used, which features head-to-head matches.

Archery at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

This year’s Olympics were pushed back one year due to the recent COVID-19 crisis and will be between 23rd July 2021 and 8th August 2021. They will be held in Tokyo’s Yumenoshima Park. Here are the five events planned to take place.

  • Men’s individual events
  • Women’s individual events
  • Men’s team events
  • Women’s team events
  • Mixed team events

All events would be of the recurve type, and the distance will be seventy meters. The ranking round involves sixty-four archers that shoot a total of seventy-two arrows. Based on this ranking around the head-to-head competitions, they are seeded and scored using the Archery Olympic Round (best of five sets using only three arrows per set).