London Summer Olympics to kick start with Archery Events
London Games 2012 would kick start with Archery Events at Lords Cricket Ground. Archery for Men and Women would be the very first events and the only Events to take place on the inaugural Day of London Games 2012.
Schedule for Archery Events Men/Women
Men’s Individual/Team Ranking Round: 9 AM
Women’s Individual/Team Ranking Round: 1PM
Recurve archery is the only discipline of archery featured at the Olympic Games. Modern Olympic archery consists of four medal events: men’s individual, women’s individual, men’s team, and women’s team. In all four events, the distance from the archer to the target is 70 metres.
In the individual competitions, 64 archers compete. The competition begins with the ranking round. Each archer shoots 72 arrows (in six ends, or groups, of 12 arrows). They are then ranked by score to determine their seeding for the single-elimination bracket. After this, final rankings for each archer is determined by the archer’s score in the round in which the archer was defeated, with the archers defeated in the first round being ranked 33rd through 64th.
Each country that has three archers in the individual competition also gets to compete as a team. The same three archers from the individual competition must compete as the country’s team. Their scores in the individual ranking round are added to determine the team’s ranking round score.
The first team round is the round of 16, but as the number of teams is usually between 9 and 15 the highest ranked teams typically get a bye in the first round. Matches consist of each team firing 27 arrows in 3 ends of 9 arrows, with each archer on the team firing 3 arrows per end. Advancement and medals are determined in the same manner as the individual competition.
All 128 archers – 64 men and 64 women – will shoot in a preliminary ranking round that determines seedings for the Individual and Team events.
All archers had a chance to familiarise themselves with the venue on Wednesday, getting their only opportunity to shoot in the elimination range before the knockout matches get under way.
After his own practice session, Great Britain’s Simon Terry said: ‘We hope (being the Host Nation) brings us an advantage, but we’re just going to keep our cool out there.’
South Korea is likely to have a winning edge in Archery. Few Olympic sports are so dominated by one country as archery is by South Korea. Over the past six Olympics, South Korea has won 15 of the 24 gold medals. But as archers in China and other countries have improved—sometimes with the help of South Korean coaches—South Korea’s archery masterminds have dreamed new ways to teach their athletes to focus.