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Archery


Archery, one of the oldest sports still practiced, is closely linked to the development of civilisation. As a cultural advance, it was comparable to the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel.

Archery in battle

In 1200 BC the Hittites and Assyrians shot their bows from chariots, becoming fearsome opponents in battle. They made their bows with tendon, horn and wood and also developed a new re-curved shape. This made their bows shorter and more powerful, making them easier to handle for an archer on horseback.

A noble history

Archery was the favourite sport of the Egyptian pharaohs during the 18th dynasty (1567-1320 BC). Many centuries later, some of the earliest recorded archery tournaments took place during the Zhou (Chou) dynasty (1027- 256 BC) in China. Such events were attended by Chinese nobility. Much later, English writers honoured the longbow for famous contributions to their country’s victories in the battles of Crécy, Agincourt and Poitiers.

Most decorated archer

Archery first appeared in the Olympic Games in 1900, was contested again in 1904, 1908 and 1920, then again, after an absence of 52 years, from 1972 to the present. The most decorated archer in Olympic history is Hubert Van Innis of Belgium who competed in 1900 and 1920, winning six gold and three silver medals.

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Archery - Men Individual - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Archery - Individual (Fita Olympic Round - 70m) Men on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Sambódromo on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Hyejin Chang Gold medallists of Republic of Korea Silver medallist Lisa Unruh of Germany and Bronze medallists Bobae Ki of Republic of Korea celebrate with their medals on the podium after the Women's Individual Round on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Sambodromo on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Bobae Ki of Republic of Korea competes in the Women's Individual round of 8 Elimination Round on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Sambodromo on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Hyejin Chang of Republic of Korea competes in the Women's Individual round of 8 Elimination Round on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Oklympics at Sambodromo on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Hyejin Chang of Republic of Korea celebrates winning gold in the Women's Individual Round on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Sambodromo on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Misun Choi of Republic of Korea competes in the Women's Individual round of 8 Elimination Round on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Oklympics at Sambodromo on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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