There are many different versions of archery which includes many tournaments and competitions within several categories. For both fans of this sport and its athletes, the ultimate of all championships is the Olympics. So which version of this sport is recognized at this event?
Going back in time archery first became part of the Olympics as a recognized event in the 1900 games. It continued as such for the Olympics that were held in 1904, 1908 and 1920. Then following this the event was no longer held at this event. At least not until 1972 where it once again became part of the roster and has continued ever since.
The type of archery performed at the Olympics is the re-curve. This is named after the most popular bow that is used in this sport.
The basic concepts and strategies in terms of Olympic archery is relatively straightforward. The athletes have the challenge of hitting a target with their arrows. The target is placed 70 meters away from the archer. The target itself is comprised of 10 scoring rings and in size, the total target has a diameter of 122cm.
The scoring rings are comprised of different colours and successfully placing an arrow in any one of these will give the archer the score that has been allocated to that ring. The ultimate goal for the archer is to place their arrows in the most inner ring which is the colour of gold and provides a score of nine or ten points.
The archers are required to shoot 72 arrows in a ranking round in ends of six. The scores that the archer accumulates are then totaled and used to rank the archer anywhere from a rank of one to sixty-four. This also gives them a seeding applied to the knock out brackets.