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Best of Archery in Olympics

Sat 17 July 2021 | 16:30

We have already talked about Archery in the Olympics but who would be the gladiators fighting in this nonlethal colosseum? Who are the best fighters and athletes of this classic sport? We are about to find out the best of archery in Olympics.

We have already prepared a full

introductory article

about archery in the Olympics but once again we would go over the necessary explanations so you can get an idea about the sport and its history and then we will get into the best Olympic archers of all-time.

Archery made its Olympic debut in the Summer Olympics in 1900 and has since been completed 16 times. Eighty-four countries have competed in Olympic archery events, with France winning the most with 31 appearances.

Since 1984, the most notable trend has been the success of South Korean archers, who have won 23 out of 34 gold medals in competitions. The World Archery Federation is in charge of it (WA; formerly FITA). The only archery discipline represented at the Olympic Games is recurve archery.

This sport had many competitors from the beginning of its history but who were the best Olympic archers of All-Time? This article would be all about that.

List of the best of archery in Olympics

The format of this list has been arranged in a way that would allow us to cover a variety of athletes of both genders and both eras (old school/modern).

We have chosen 5 athletes of best men's archer from Olympics and 5 from women's. One of each gender division is an old school athlete which became a legend by their exceptional performance in the Olympics. The end of the list is where the Best ever archer at the Olympic games of each gender have been presented.

Without further explanations let us get into the

best Olympic archers of all-time

list.

Hubert Van Innis

First on the list of the best archery shots ever is nobody but the old-school guy himself.

Hubert van Innis (24 February 1866 – 25 November 1961), also known as Hubrecht van Innis, was a Belgian archery athlete who competed in two Summer Olympics 20 years apart and won six gold medals and three silver medals.

This archer was obliged to work as a milk delivery kid in the villages around Brussels as a young lad, according to legend, and at the conclusion of his deliveries, he would leave his dog and cart home while he went off to perfect his archery abilities.

He received first place in a major competition in Antwerp when he was 13 years old. In addition to 1893, 1894, 1895, and 1896, he received the award in 1893, 1894, 1895, and 1896. In 1881, he was awarded the Roozendaal Royal Prize.

This legend managed to get two gold medals in the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, in the “cordon doré” event at 33m and the “chapelet” at 33m, and earned one lesser value (silver) medal in the “cordon doré” at 50m.

The Belgian did not compete in another Olympic Games until Antwerp in 1920. In Olympic archery history, his match record during those Games is unparalleled.

He was also the Games' most successful archer, earning four gold and two silver medals. Gold medals in the moving bird events at 28 and 33 meters, as well as the moving bird team events at 33 and 50 meters, and two silver medals in the moving bird event at 50 meters and the moving bird team event at 28 meters.

All of these achievements of his were a good reason to nominate him as

best ever archer at the Olympic games

of old age.

Oh Jin Hyek

Next on the list of best Olympic archers of all-time is South Korean archer Oh Jin-Hyek. Oh initially participated for the Korean national team in 1999, but did not win a significant solo international competition until the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he won the gold medal in the Men's individual event, being the first Korean male archer to do so.

He also finished third in the Men's team event with teammates Im Dong-Hyun and Kim Bub-Min.

From April 2013 until June 2014, he was the world's top-ranked archer, having won the individual gold medal at the 2013 Archery World Cup Final and two individual silver medals at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships.

For all of his career, he has battled ailments, notably in his shooting shoulder, and he postponed his intended retirement when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed by one year so he could compete one final time.

Marcus D’almeida

23-year-old Brazilian pride is the next for the men’s

best Olympic archers of all-time

.

Marcus Vinicius Carvalho Lopes D'Almeida, better known as Marcus D'Almeida, is a Brazilian recurve archery competitor.

D'Almeida began competing internationally in 2013, winning three gold medals at the South American Games (where he set all South American records for 1440 rounds) and qualifying for the 2014 Archery World Cup Final as the second-highest qualifier, where he won a silver medal after losing in a shoot-off to Brady Ellison in the final.

His meteoric climb to the sport's highest echelons while still, a youngster has earned him the title "Archery's

Neymar

."

He was the flag bearer for Brazil in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, where he won a silver medal in the individual category. We also found him worthy to be in our best Olympic archers of all-time list.

Kim Woo-jin

Kim Woojin is another Korean who has represented his country in

archery at the Summer Olympics

. He also has held the world number one rating and the world record in men's solo recurve archery since 2011. He shoots right-handed with 30-inch (76 cm) arrows and a 46-pound draw weight (21 kg).

The 29-year-old was re-selected for the Korean national squad in 2015, and he became the first man to win the World Archery Championships twice since 1985. 

He established a world record in the individual men's qualifying round at the 2016 Summer Olympics, scoring 700 out of 720 points (held under World Archery Federation rules at a distance of 70 meters).

Im Dong-Hyun (also of South Korea) established the previous record of 699 in the 2012 Olympics. However, in a big shock, Kim fell 2–6 to Indonesia's Riau Ega Agatha in the second round of the individual event. In the team competition, he was one of three members of the South Korean men's squad that won the Olympic gold medal.

Let us get to the female archers in the next part of the best Olympic archers of all-time.

Mathilda Howell

The

best archery shots ever

list has a surprise, a really old one.

Lida Scott Howell was an early twentieth-century American female archer. At the 1904 Summer Olympics in Missouri, she won three gold medals in archery, including double national and Columbia rounds, and also for the US team.

Archery was included in five of the first Olympics, and because it had long been an acceptable leisure activity for upper-class women, she was allowed to compete. Lida Scott was America's first female gold medallist in archery. Around 1878, Lida Scott grew interested in archery.

It was a result of articles published by Maurice Thompson that she had read. She won the Ohio State archery championship in 1881.

In 1882, she won for the second time. She married Millard C. Howell in the spring of 1883 and also won her maiden national title.

Her commitment to the sport persisted, and she had won seventeen national titles by 1907. She won two gold medals in archery at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis.

Her national round archery score was 620, while her Columbia round archery score was 867. Her championship scores in 1895 set marks that were not broken until 1931, 36 years later. She was definitely a lady ahead of her time as an archer.

"Archery is a picturesque game, the range with its smooth green and distant glowing target with its gold and radiating red, blue, black, and white, the white-garbed players with graceful big bows and flying arrows, makes a beautiful picture," she said when asked why she preferred archery over other sports.

The reporter said that her passion for archery is unquestionably inborn. In 1907, she stepped down from the National Competition.

An San

Next on the list of best

Olympic archers of all-time

is another Korean named An San. She is the third woman in history to shoot 1400 points on the four-distance 1440 Round.

She has also proved to be ready for Tokyo 2020 in a recent event in which she managed to win the gold medal.

An, ranked 30th in the world, beat Chang Hye Jin, a countrywoman and Rio 2016 gold medalist, in straight sets in the quarterfinals before defeating world No. 2 Tan Ya-ting of Chinese Taipei 7-1 in the final.

Kang Chae Young

The destroyer (her nickname) is a female archer and the next candidate on the list for the best female archer in archery at the summer Olympics from South Korea, who competes in recurve competitions. In archery events, she has won several medals.

She won gold medals in the women's solo recurve and women's team recurve events at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan. She also won gold medals in the team and mixed team categories at the 2017 World Archery Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, in the same year.

kang Chae Young earned two medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, representing South Korea: a bronze medal in the women's individual recurve event and a gold medal in the women's team recurve event.

In the 2019 Archery World Cup final, she earned the gold medal in the women's recurve event. This was her first time competing in an Archery World Cup final.

She also took first place in the competition's stages in Medellin, Colombia, and Shanghai, China. She established the world record for the 70m ranking round with a score of 692 in the 2019 World Archery Championships, before medaling in the individual, mixed team, and team competitions.

In the recurve women's division, she received the 2019 World Archery Athlete of the Year title in 2020.

She qualified first for the South Korean women's squad that was nominated for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in 2021.

Who is next on the list of best Olympic archers of all-time? Let’s find out.

Park Sung-Hyun

Park Sung-hyun is a South Korean archer who has won three gold medals in two Olympic Games. Park established a new women's world record for the preliminary 72-arrow ranking round at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, collecting 682 points (out of a possible 720) to beat Natalia Valeeva of Italy's previous best of 679 sets three months earlier.

She also established a new world record for the women's team event over 216 arrows with colleagues Lee Sung-jin and Yun Mi-jin, achieving a combined total of 2,030 points from a maximum of 2,160.

Park and Lee both proceeded to the final of the women's solo competition, where Park defeated her partner with a score of 110-108 over twelve arrows to win the gold medal, which was South Korea's sixth overall.

Park earned her second gold two days later in the women's team event final, when she, Lee, and Yun beat China by a single point to win their country's sixth straight gold medal in the discipline. Park was the team's designated last shooter, and she was in charge of scoring the 10 points needed to win the match on the final arrow.

Park was favored to defend her Olympic championships heading into the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She and her colleague Yun Ok-hee were projected to win the women's individual gold medal, while the South Korean team was expected to win the women's team gold medal for the sixth time in a row.

Park began by finishing first in the ranking round for the women's individual event, equaling the previous Olympic record of 673 points achieved by Ukraine's Lina Herasymenko in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Now let us see the best archery shots ever of each gender.

Brady Ellison

We have reached the best ever archer at the Olympic games of each gender on the list.

'The Arizona Cowboy,' as Brady Ellison is known (born October 27, 1988) is a recurve archer from the United States. He is presently a Resident Athlete at the Chula Vista, California-based United States Olympic Training Center. From August 2011 until April 2013, he held the record for the longest time as the world's top-ranked men's recurve archer.

Ellison finished his ranking round with a total of 664 points at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, earning him the 15th seed for the final competition bracket, where he played John Burnes in the first round.

Ellison progressed to the second round after winning the match 111–89. He couldn't overcome another Canadian, Jay Lyon, who was too strong with a score of 113–107. He also competed in the team event with Butch Johnson and Vic Wunderle.

With his 664 rankings round score combined with Johnson's 653 and Wunderle's 652, the Americans were in 10th place after the ranking round. They were defeated 222–218 by Chinese Taipei in the first round.

At the USA Archery Olympic Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ellison qualified for the 2012 Olympics. Together with Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie, he earned a silver team medal.

Ellison won an individual bronze and a team silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

He has qualified to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics for the United States.

Solve Media, Hoyt Archery, Easton Arrows, and Axcel Sight and Scopes are among his sponsors.

Deepika Kumari

Last on the list of best Olympic archers of all-time is nobody but Deepika Kumari.

Deepika Kumari Mahato is a professional archer from India. She participates in archery and is now rated No. 1 in the world. She earned a gold medal in the women's individual recurve event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

In the same competition, she and Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi won gold in the women's team recurve event. She also set a world record by winning three gold medals at the Paris World Cup in 2021.

Kumari competed in the Women's Individual and Women's Team events at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she finished eighth in the latter.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented her with the Arjuna Award, India's second-highest sporting honor, in 2012. She received the FICCI Sportsperson of the Year Award in February 2014. In 2016, the Indian government bestowed the civilian honor of Padma Shri on her.

Stay tuned for more articles about archery at the Summer Olympics.

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