History

Archery traces back to Medieval Times with the legend of Robin Hood and his "contests." Equipment has evolved since "Robin Hood's time", but the sport itself remains the same. A bow coated in fiberglass is now the most common bow of all. Arrows made of aluminum and carbon graphite can travel much farther, but they require steady hands, strong shoulders, and flexible muscles. It was an Olympic game from 1900 to 1920. It then disappeared from the Olympics until 1972.

Rules

 

Hall of Fame

 

Kim Soo-Nyung

She is the leading Olympic gold medalist recently for Archery. She started when she was only 17 and retired at 21. She gathered four gold medals in those few years as well as one silver and one bronze medal.

Neroli Fairhall

She may not have won an Olympic gold medal, but she was paralyzed from the waist down. She did, however, make it into the Book of World Records.

Records:

*2000 summer Olympics archery records:

Men


Individual

72 Arrow Ranking Round -- 684, Michele Frangilli, Italy, July 28, 1996
18 Arrow Match -- 170, Michele Frangilli, Italy, Aug. 1, 1996
12 Arrow Match -- 115, Kyo-Moon Oh, South Korea, Aug. 1, 1996
1/16th, 1/8th Combined -- 336, Kyo-Moon Oh, South Korea, Aug. 1, 1996
36 Arrow Finals Combined -- 338, Kyo-Moon Oh, South Korea, Aug. 1, 1996
Team
216 Arrow Ranking Round -- 2,031, Yong-Ho Jang, Bo-Ram Kim, Kyo-Moon Oh, South Korea, July 28, 1996
27 Arrow Match -- 253, Simon Fairweather, Jackson Fear, Mathew Gray, Australia, Aug. 2, 1996
54 Arrow Finals Combined -- 502, Justin Huish, Butch Johnson, Rod White, United States, Aug. 2, 1996

Women

Individual
72 Arrow Ranking Round -- 673, Lina Herasymenko, Ukraine, July 28, 1996
18 Arrow Match -- 168, Natalia Nasaridze, Turkey, July 29, 1996
12 Arrow Match -- 114, Soo-Nyung Kim, South Korea, July 29, 1992
1/16th, 1/8th Combined -- 331, Hye-Young Youn, South Korea, July 31, 1996
36 Arrow Finals -- 330, Kyung-Wook Kim, South Korea, July 31, 1996
Team
216 Arrow Ranking Round -- 1984, Jo-Sun Kim, Kyung-Wook Kim, Hye-Young Youn, South Korea, July 28, 1996
27 Arrow Match -- 249, Jo-Sun Kim, Kyung-Wook Kim, Hye-Young Youn, South Korea, Aug. 2, 1996
54 Arrow Finals Combined -- 490, Jo-Sun Kim, Kyung-Wook Kim, Hye-Young Youn, South Korea, Aug. 2, 1996

 

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Bibliography:

"Archery." The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. 2008. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. <http://en.beijing2008.cn/cptvenues/sports/archery/index.shtml>.

"Olympic Archery Records." Canoe. 11 Sept. 2000. <http://www.canoe.ca/2000GamesCapsules/records_archery.html>.