A target and a bow are all it takes to be an archer, but what does it take to be a good or even a great archer? Practice, talent, and devotion. Today we will talk about the records of archery for which many athletes have aimed but missed their shots; welcome to Olympics archery records.
Archery at the summer Olympics has its fans all around the globe. Most of these fans follow this sport only because they feel a sense of satisfaction when the athlete manages to hit the red zone which is 10 points of the target.
It is not easy to do such a thing as an archer. Many factors can affect where the arrow ends up on the target. Athletes draw power, the distance of the target, arrows drop while in the air and the wind direction are all burdens on the athlete’s way to the gold medal.
Now that we have talked about gold medals, we have already prepared articles about archery and its best archers, feel free to check them out. However, this article of
list of Olympic records in archery
would be about the biggest accomplishments of archery in Olympics and will consist of a list of Olympic records in archery.
Unfortunately, we are limited to only explore the individual record for both genders so we will have 8 items in our list starting with men.
Most of the names mentioned in this article are also mentioned in the best of archery article and we have talked about every athlete in a much more comprehensive manner there, but here we would try to keep the focus on the records and the events in which they have been set.
Without further introductions let us move into the list of Olympic records in archery and see who has beaten which record.
We have already talked about Kim and how great of an athlete he is. Aside from his medals and achievements he has also set an amazing record in 2016.
Archery at the Summer Olympics
in Rio was the place where Kim managed to score 700 for 72 arrows. Amazing right? Let’s hop into the details.
Kim 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) set the previous record of 699 in 2012. In the second round of the solo event, however, Kim was shocked to lose 2–6 against Riau Ega Agatha of Indonesia. He was one of three members of the South Korean men's team who won the Olympic gold medal in the team event.
This record holder was one of the most promising athletes in the competition. Not only did he score 700 points in the Rio Olympics and set a record, but also he won his first Olympic gold medal.
The amazing athlete was a member of the men's team that won gold in the 2011 World Archery Championships, as well as an individual gold medalist at the 2011 World Archery Championships and the 2012 FITA Archery World Cup. Despite this, he was not chosen for Korea's Olympic squad in 2012.
In 2015, Kim was re-selected for the Korean national team, and he became the first man since 1985 to win the World Archery Championships twice.
Kim is currently one ofthe best archers of the olympics
and of the world.
Park Kyung-mo is another Korean on the
list of Olympic records in archery
who is quite famous when it comes to reputation and fame. This archery talent concluded the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a total of 676 points, three points behind leader Juan René Serrano.
As a result, he was seeded fourth for the final competition bracket, where he faced Luiz Trainini in the first round and defeated him 116-99. Park defeated Kuo Cheng Wei (111-110) in the second round and proceeded to the quarterfinals via Rafa Dobrowolski (113-105) in the third round.
There, he and Juan Carlos Stevens tied at 108 points, necessitating an additional round. Park scored 19 points and Stevens scored 17, advancing Park to the semi-finals, where he defeated ranking round winner Serrano.
Now for the archery Olympic records, we have to move back in time, not too much though, just enough to get to the 2004 Olympics. Park participated in men's individual archery for Korea at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
He advanced to the quarterfinals after winning his first three elimination bouts. Park played Tim Cuddihy of Australia, another member of our list, in the quarterfinals, losing 112-111 to the eventual bronze winner in the 12-arrow match. the record holder finished fifth overall and retains the Olympic record for a 70-meter 18-arrow match.
To establish the record, he scored 173 points out of a possible 180. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, he was a part of Korea's gold-medal winning men's archery team.
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Still another Korean on the list of Olympic records in archery.
Lack of participation in the Olympics was not a burden for Lee as he managed to set a record in the only Olympics he has ever participated in. Before we get to the archery Olympic records of Lee Chang-hwan and her teammates, we should mention that he has participated in 3 world championships both as part of the team and individually.
Park participated in men's individual archery for Korea at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He advanced to the quarterfinals after winning his first three elimination bouts. Park played Tim Cuddihy of Australia in the quarterfinals, losing 112-111 to the eventual bronze winner in the 12-arrow match.
Park finished fifth overall and retains the Olympic record for a 70-meter 18-arrow match. To establish the record, he scored 173 points out of a possible 180. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, he was a part of Korea's gold-medal winning men's archery team.
He competed in the team event alongside Im Dong-Hyun and Park Kyung-mo. With his 669 rankings, round score paired with Im's 670 and Park's 676, the Koreans were in first place after the ranking round, earning them a direct seed into the quarter-finals.
They were too powerful for the Polish team, winning 224–222 in the semi-finals and 221–218 in the final. Italy came close in the final, but South Korea won with a score of 227–225.
Australia's pride is here just to change the Korean mood we are in since most of these athletes are Koreans. Koreans have been a powerhouse in Archery at the Summer Olympics for recent years and the whole world is jealous of these successful athletes.
Back to our main subject of the list of Olympic records in archery article, Tim Cuddihy advanced to the quarterfinals after winning his first three elimination bouts.
Cuddihy played Park Kyung-mo of Korea in the quarterfinals and won 112-111 in a 12-arrow match to go to the semifinals. After the first 12 arrows tied at 115-115, he faced Hiroshi Yamamoto of Japan and lost in a 10-9 tie-breaker to the eventual silver medalist.
Cuddihy then fought in the bronze medal match against Laurence Godfrey of Great Britain, winning 113-112 to claim the bronze medal. Cuddihy was also a member of Australia's men's archery squad that finished sixth in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Cuddihy took a break from archery after failing to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but returned in January 2010 to the Australian Institute of Sport's archery program. At the conclusion of 2011, the AIS Archery program came to an end.
It is just amazing how Tim is the only athlete in the men's section of the list of Olympic records in archery who is not Korean. The next section of the
archery Olympic records
will be all about female athletes and their records.
The first female athlete on the list of Olympic records in archery is Park Sung-Hyun with 2 records. Everybody knows how hard it is to set one record, but Park managed to set 2 records which is just stunning.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Park achieved a new women's world record for the preliminary 72-arrow ranking round, scoring 682 points (out of a potential 720) to surpass Natalia Valeeva of Italy's previous best of 679 sets three months earlier.
She also set a new world record for the women's team event with Lee Sung-jin and Yun Mi-jin, scoring a combined total of 2,030 points from a maximum of 2,160 points over 216 arrows.
Because the ranking round took place before the opening ceremony, neither score was recognized as a new Olympic record. This record, however, has since been beaten by An San.
Prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Park was favorite to defend her Olympic titles. For the sixth time in a row, she and her teammate Yun Ok-hee were anticipated to win the women's individual gold medal, while the South Korean team was likely to win the women's team gold medal.
Park started by taking first place in the women's individual event ranking round, equaling the previous Olympic record of 673 points set by Ukraine's Lina Herasymenko at the 1996 Summer Olympics. With a combined score of 2,004 points, Park, Yun, and Joo Hyun-Jung set a new Olympic record for the women's team event.
Time for Yun Mi-jin to show us her record which she managed to set in 2000 and then once again reached the same score in the 2004 olympics to show her fans that she would have broken the same record twice if she could.
Yun finished fourth in the individual ranking round with a score of 661 in Sydney. She defeated Erika Reyes of Mexico 168-157 in the first round of elimination. She beat Anna Karaseva of Belarus 162-152 in the round of 32. In round 16, she defeated Alison Williamson of Great Britain 173 to 164 to set an Olympic record in the women's 18-arrow match.
Yun finished third in the women's individual ranking round in Athens, with a 72-arrow score of 673.
In the first round of elimination, she faced Hanna Karasiova of Belarus, who was rated 62nd. Yun advanced to the round of 32 by defeating Karasiova 162-155 in the 18-arrow match. She played 35th-ranked Japanese archer Sayami Matsushita in that round, which she won 173-149, tying her personal Olympic record for a score in an 18-arrow match.
Yun then defeated Jennifer Nichols of the United States, who was rated 19th, 168-162, to go to the quarterfinals.
The last and the most recent record on the
list of Olympic records in archery
is An San’s record.
The most recent record of archery belongs to An San which was set in 23 July 2021.
Korean archer An San won women's individual qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a score of 680 out of 720.
The 20-year-old beat Lina Herasimenko's 673 scores from Atlanta by seven points.
“I didn't think I'd be able to make the record. I'm excited; this is my first time at the Games, so I'm thrilled to have broken the record today,” remarked the freshly crowned number one seed.
“Everything went according to schedule. Even though there was considerable wind, everything was good. “I'm pleased with my performance.”
In conclusion, Koreans are smashing the records and are the best athletes in the field right now.
Needless to say that most of the athletes on the list of Olympic records in archery are Koreans. In a recent tournament Azusa Yamauchi, the Japanese team's youngest archer, finished in a strong seventh position. India's world number one, Deepika Kumari, qualified seventh.
This is proof that Korea is producing legends, who will eventually break the records set by their teammates.