Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Archery at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Archery did not feature in the 1896 Olympics but made its debut in the 1900 Paris games. It was also part of the 1904 and 1908 editions but has missed 12 editions over the years. In the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Archery is part of the 28 sports that will feature in these Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Archery it will take place from the 6th of August to the 12th of August, which means we will have seven days of pure Adrenaline as the whole world watch the chivalry of yester years get tested among 128 global archers.

These carefully selected archers will battle it out in four events taking place in Sambódromo in the Maracana Venue Cluster. Read more on the How the nations qualified for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Archery Sport

Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí (Sambadrome) the venue for Archery in the 2016 Rio Olympics during an event.

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These 2016 Summer Olympics events will involve both men and women who will compete in individuals and teams events. Each of the team will have 3 archers of same gender; there are no mixed teams in Summer Olympics Archery sport. The 128 archers who will be competing in Rio will fight it out for 4 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronze medals in the following events:

• Archery Sport Men Individual

• Archery Sport Men Teams

• Archery Sport Women Individual

• Archery Sport Women Teams

The men teams’ events will start on the 6th of August and end on the same day, while women teams’ events will commence the following day; 7th of August and like men’s teams, end on the same day. Therefore by the end of day on 6th of August we will know the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Archery Sport medalists while on the 7th of August we will know the women teams’ medalists. The events will be in recurve archery targeting 10 concentric rings placed 70 meters away.

Whether its individual or team, the archer will be expected to shoot at bulls eyes and will gain points based on how close they are to the target. Each of the archers will be given 40 seconds to shoot six arrows individually and at the final competition each of the archer will be given 20 seconds to shot another 3 arrows all targeting the 10 rings concentric target 70 meters away.

For the individual events, 64 archers from each gender; either men or women will start with a seeding process that will enable ranking. This ranking will be based on the score each individual archer gets after shooting 72 arrows. The seeding will be from position 1 to position 64. Thus the results from the seeding process will be used by the sports officials to rank the archers from the 1st all the way to the 64th position which will enable individual elimination at this first stage. The elimination process will be for the best of five sets of 3 arrows. Each sets winner will get 3 points and that if there is no distinct winner; i.e. in a draw, then the tying archers will share a point each.

The individual events will commence on the 8th of August all the way to the 12th of August. All 2016 Summer Olympics individual events for men will end on the 12th of August, while those for women will end a day earlier; on the 11th of August.

The team seeding will not differ from the individual seeding, however this is the first time in Summer Olympics that individual and team seeding will be done in a similar process. There will be a total of 12 teams of 3 members per team. This makes a total of 72 participants for all the team events as there will 12 teams for each gender.

The 4 of these 12 teams will be eliminated if they score low with only 8 teams remaining, these will the ones that have been seeded from position 5th to 12th and they will proceed to the quarter finals to fight for the four slots in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Archery Sport Semifinals scheduled for 11th in case of women archers and 12th for the men.