Olympic Games - Archery

Archers will require precision in their shooting to take Gold at the Olympics.

The archery events at the London 2012 Olympics will take place at Lord's Cricket Ground in the capital.

In total, 64 men and 64 women will compete from 27 July to 3 August to become an Olympic Gold medalist.

Archery has made a regular appearance as an Olympic sport since the 1974 Games in Munich. It was first introduced at the 1900 Games in Paris but was dropped following the 1908 Games in London; reappearing in Antwerp in 1920.

Since the three-person team event was introduced in 1988, the South Korean women's team has won Gold at each summer's Olympic Games.

Check the forecast for Lords Cricket Ground if you have tickets to see the archery events at London 2012.

Back to the Olympic Games homepage.

    Share this:


27 July - 3 August - Will the conditions favour the archers at this year's Olympic Games? Check the forecast for each of the events.

The impact of the weather on archery events is normally slight.

An archer can participate in the outdoor sport when there's a steady wind by adjusting the sight or aim of the arrow to allow for the speed and direction of the wind. 

Visibility is also key - the direction of the Sun can make a huge difference to the accuracy of a shot. On a sunny day you'll see many archers wearing sunglasses to guard against the Sun's glare.

A standard target in archery has ten concentric circles. The highest score, a ten, is achieved by shooting an arrow into the centre, or 'bull's eye'; missing the target results in a score of zero for that arrow.

The Olympic event will include a head-to-head competition which means archers may not have time to make adjustments for the weather as multiple arrows are shot within minutes. During the competition, just 40 cm - the distance between hitting the 'bull's eye' or missing the target from 70 m away - will mean the difference between taking Gold for your country and getting no points at all.