Amazing Facts on Archery You Did Not Know

Although today archery is just one of the many sports that have participants in the Olympics and other tournaments, it used to be the reason why different countries won over others. Great warriors were amazing archers and led their countries to victories in great wars. Here are a few facts you might not know about archery.

The Country With the Highest Medals

As of now, South Korea is the country with the most archery gold medals. In the 2012 archery highlights Im Dong-Hyun scored his best 699, breaking his record which allowed the men’s Korean team to dominate the sport.

The First Ever Archery Book

1545 marks a significant year for archery literature where Roger Ascham wrote the first-ever English archery book. The title of the book is ‘Toxophilus’.

Archery as a National Sport

In Bhutan, archery is considered a national sport. Every village owns an archery range for sports purposes only, since it is a Buddhist country.

Women and Archery

The oldest female to have won the archery gold in the Olympics is Eliza Pollock. She participated in the 1904 season of the tournament and was 63 years old at the time.

Points for Falling Arrows

One can still get a score for hitting the red-eye with an arrow that falls after. The archer is however supposed to raise a flag right after the fall so the judges can consider what happened. If the arrow left a mark, then the archer gets his/her points.

Archery in the Olympics and in a Wheelchair

Archery made its way into the Olympics for the first time in 1900. Athletes had to shoot live pigeons to score points. However, the sport was cancelled in 1924, since it had no international rules. Later, it was reintroduced in Munich in 1972.

Neroli Fairhall was the first archer athlete to compete in regular Olympics in a wheelchair. He was from New Zealand and participated in the 1984 season.