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The GFORCE Guide to... Archery

Added 19 Dec 2017 by GFORCE

Archery is one of the most historic sports around. It has its roots in medieval military battle and hunting, as well as in stories about the famous Robin Hood of course. But how did this act of battle become an Olympic sport?

Recreational archery could have started as long ago as 1483, when contestants would try to shoot down a wooden pigeon which was placed around 30 metres in the air. The modern and most recognisable form though is target archery.
These days high tech bows and arrows are used, along with various gadgets such as handheld trigger devices to release the string.

In target archery, competitors shoot arrows at a target which has been placed a certain distance away depending on the type of competition. The standard Olympic distance is 70 metres. This is the very recognisable target with gold, red, blue, black and white concentric circles going outwards.

Points are awarded depending on how close to the centre of the target you can get your arrow to land. Hitting the centre circle would score ten points, while landing an arrow in the outermost section would only score a single point. Olympic targets are 122cm wide.

The number of arrows shot can vary depending on the age of the competitors, whether the contest is indoors or outdoors and how far away the target is. There are many variations across the whole sport too. Different scoring systems and units of measurement are even still used for archery in Great Britain, where targets distances are measured in yards rather than metres.

Whatever variation is being played though, the result is always decided the same way. The person who scores the highest amount of points wins!

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