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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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Buenos Aires 2018 - Archery - Men’s Recurve Individual
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Archery - Men’s Recurve Individual

Akash Akash IND walks during the Archery Men's Recurve Individual Gold Medal Match at the Archery Range, Tecnopolis Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday 17th October 2018.
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Trenton Cowles USA prepares for the Archery Men's Recurve Individual Quarterfinal at the Archery Range, Tecnopolis Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina Saturday 17th October 2018
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual

Yeryeong Son of Republic of Korea in action during the Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual on Day 10 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Archery Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 16, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Mengyao Zhang of People's Republic of China and Elia Canales of Spain in action during the Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual on Day 10 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Archery Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 16, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual

Elia Canales of Spain in action during the Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual on Day 10 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Archery Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 16, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual

Mengyao Zhang of People's Republic of China in action during the Archery - Women’s Recurve Individual on Day 10 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Archery Range, Tecnópolis Park on October 16, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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