All you need to know about archery: The bow and arrow, scoring and format
Here is all you need know about the game and India’s title hopes in this Olympics.Updated: Aug 05, 2016 15:02 IST
The Rio de Janeiro Sambodromo is traditionally a tumult of noise with sweaty dancing during the city’s annual carnival by rival samba schools.
Quiet will reign, maybe, when the Olympic archery contest is staged there from August 5-12.
There are four gold medals -- men’s and women’s individual and team title -- for the hottest shots on the 70 metre range aiming for the 122 centimetre diameter targets.
There were seven gold medals when archery made its Olympic debut in 1900 in Paris. By 1908 this had been cut to three and archery only reappeared in 1920. It was then missing until the 1972 Games in Munich when there men’s and women’s individual titles. Team golds were added in 1988 in Seoul.
Kim Woojin famously won the 2011 world archery men’s title, failed to make the all-conquering South Korean team for the 2012 Olympics and then won the 2012 World Cup.
He won the world title again last year but this time will captain the South Korean team for Rio. Defending men’s Olympic champion Oh Jin-Hyek failed to make the South Korean team. South Korea won three of the gold medals in London with Oh the men’s winner and Ki Bo-Bae taking the women’s title as well as being part of the women’s team champions. Italy won the men’s team gold.
Here is all you need know about the game and India’s title hopes in this Olympics.
(Graphics, data: Hindustan Times)