Archery at the Olympic Games

Archery was not a sporting event at the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. However, the games were held for more than 1,000 years, which is why it is possible that at some point the archery was previously an Olympic sport.

Men’s archery was the first of its kind in the modern Olympics in 1900. The first women’s archery in 1904. However, there was no similarity in the rules of the early Olympics with the arrow that was dropped as an event after the 1920s. The Armed Forces control of the archery, the Federal Internationale de Tira l’Arc (FITA), was formed in 1931. It took many years before all the countries adopted the new rules of the competition, but the arrow was able to return as the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. In 1988, team competitions were held in addition to special events.

Since 1992, the event format has been the top-level competition for the top 64 athletes. There are four shooting events: Individual, Individual Women, Men’s Group and Women’s Team.

Each competitor (men and women) shot 72 arrows at the target of the ‘bull’ from a distance of 70 meters (229 feet, 8 inches). Each photo should be taken within 40 minutes. The total score is about 720. ‘Sudden death’ during long-term shooting occurs when there is a tie.

The team competition consists of 3 3-archer teams. As in special cases, each archer shot 72 arrows at a distance of 70 yards. In a tie note, each team member will shoot one arrow. An arrow close to the target center indicates the winner.

The target has ten rings. One point is awarded with an arrow to reach the outer hole, 2 points to hit the next ring, to continue this way to the bottom circle which produces 10 points.

The recurring bow is used by Olympic archers. An archer has the arrow in his bow for over 150 mph. The bows are made of ‘high technology’, made of wood, glass fiber and graphite. They have stabilization that helps keep the arrows straight and see help in targeting. Strings are made from hydrocarbon or Kevlar products. The arrows are aluminum or carbon graphite. The cost of this gear is more than $ 1,000.

The Olympic archer has been in training for at least ten years. It is important that you develop a perfect form (or approach to human perfection). A good coach is also very important. Proper equipment, yes, is needed. Fortunately, archery is less expensive to follow than other games. Read, read, and talk to other archers. Attend and compete in local and international tournaments. The most important thing, to practice, to practice, to practice.

Archery is an accessible game for many disabled players. A New Zealand woman, Neroli Fairhall, was the first disabled person to compete in the Olympics. He was a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. It is also a game that people can live with for the rest of their lives and have fun with their families. Hope to see you at the Olympics!


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