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Outdoor Target Archery

Outdoor target archery is shot on an open flat field in both recurve and compound divisions.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION
 
Qualification Round
 
There are two different rounds that can be used for qualification to rank those athletes that should progress to the head-to-head elimination phase of the tournament. The two optional qualification rounds are:
 
  • For the Recurve bow: 70m Round or 1440 Round (For world championships only 70m Round)
  • For the Compound bow, the 50m Round or the 1440 Round (For world championships only 50m Round)
The 70m qualification round is for the Recurve bow and is currently used at all major World Archery events such as, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Cups and World Championships. A total of 72 arrows are shot at 70 meters on a 122 cm target face. Athletes shoot 12 ends of six (6) arrows in four (4) minutes.

The 50m qualification round is for the Compound bow and used at all major World Archery events such as, the World Games, World Cups and World Championships. A total of 72 arrows are shot at 50 meters on a 6 scoring zoned 80cm target face. Athletes are given their own target face to shoot 12 ends of six (6) arrows in four (4) minutes.

The 1440 Round, formerly known as the FITA Round, is where athletes shoot 36 arrows at each of the following four (4) distances: 
 
  • Men: 90, 70, 50 and 30 metres
  • Women: 70, 60, 50 and 30 metres

A total of, 144 arrows are shot to rank the top 104 men and top 104 women in each division and the top 16 men's and women's teams in each division. At the 2 longest distances (90m and 70m for men, 70m and 60m for women), each athlete will shoot six (6) ends of six (6) arrows at each distance, within four (4) minutes on a 122cm face. At the short distances (50m and 30m), athletes shoot six (6) arrows in four (4) minutes on an 80cm face. The 80cm target face, at the shorter distances, can be one (1) full target face with 10 scoring zones, shared by all athletes on the target matt, or a 6 zoned target face issued for each athlete on a target matt to shoot at individually.

The top 104 men and top 104 women, in each division, of the qualification round will proceed to the Elimination Rounds.
 
Elimination and Final Rounds
 
The highest 104 ranked men and women will be placed in a single Elimination head-to-head Pairing Chart/draw according to their ranking achieved in the Qualification Round. Higher ranked athletes are placed separately in the draw to ensure the top ranked athletes meet later in the competition. The top 8 ranked athletes form the qualification round will receive an automatic bye, for the first two (2) rounds, straight to the 1/16th round. The remaining athletes are paired No 9 ranked against No 104, No 10 ranked against No 103 and so on. All male and female recurve athletes shoot their elimination matches at a distance of 70m. Preliminary elimination rounds, athletes shoot, simultaneously, the best of three (3) sets, six (6) arrows per set shooting in a time limit of four (4) minutes. The winner of each set will be awarded two (2) set points, one (1) point each, if the scores for the set are tied. If the match is tied, with both athletes achieving three (3) set points each, a one (1) arrow shoot-off will be required and the athlete whose arrow is closest to the centre of the target, wins the match. The winner of the shoot-off will be award 1 set point, taking the match 4-3.
 
When athletes progress through to the final, to decide the medals, a similar format is used. However, on this occasion, athletes take it in turns, shooting their arrows alternatively in the match, one by one to add to the excitement. Matches are the best of five (5) sets with each athlete shooting three (3) arrows, per set, within a time limit of twenty (20) seconds per arrow. The first athlete to attain six (6) set points wins the medal match. If there is a tie, 5-5, the same one (1) arrow shoot-off process will be used to decide the medallist, the winner of the shoot-off being awarded one (1) point to win 6-5. Loosing semi-finalists use the same format to shoot-off for the Bronze medal.
 
Compound male and female athletes shoot five (5) ends of three (3) arrows at 50m, simultaneously, in a time limit of two (2) minutes. The athlete with the highest cumulative score will win the match and proceed to the next round. If both athletes shoot the same score, a one (1) arrow shoot-off will be required and the athlete whose arrow is closest to the centre of the target, wins the match. For compound medal matches, the same format is used, however, athletes take it in turns, alternating, to shoot one (1) arrow at a time, in a time limit of twenty (20) seconds each.
 
 
TEAM COMPETITION
 
There are two team events for athletes to participate in:

  • The Team Event 
  • Mixed Team event 

The Team Event:

Comprise of the three (3) highest scoring athletes of the same gender, bow discipline and affiliated team from the qualification round. The top sixteen (16) ranked male and female teams, will be placed in a head to head elimination draw, highest ranked against the No sixteenth (16th) team, the second (2nd) highest ranked against the fifteenth (15th) ranked team and so on.

The recurve team event is the best of four (4) sets, with each team shooting, simultaneously, six (6) arrows in each set, two (2) arrows per athlete in a two (2) minute time limit. The team with the highest cumulative score in the set wins, and is awarded two (2) set points, one (1) point each, if the scores are tied. The first team to achieve five (5) set points, wins the match. However, if the team set points are tied at 4-4, after the fourth (4th) set, a shoot-off will be required. Each of the 3 team members shoot one (1) arrow each, in a time limit of twenty (20) seconds and the team with the highest cumulative score, wins the match 5-4. However, if the cumulative shoot off scores are tied, the team with the arrow closest to the centre of the target, wins the match.

For the compound bow, the teams are comprised and shoot in the same rotation as the recurve teams but instead of set points, the compound format uses cumulative scoring. Each team shoots, simultaneously, 4 ends of six (6) arrows, two (2) arrows per athlete, in the two (2) minute time limit. The team with the highest cumulative score wins the match and progresses to the next round. If the scores are tied, the match will be decided by a shoot-off. In the shoot-off, each team shoots three (3) arrows, one per athlete, and the team with the highest cumulative score, wins the match. If the scores still remain tied from those arrows shot, the team that has an arrow closest to the centre, wins the match.

In the team medal matches for both recurve and compound, to decide the Bronze and Gold Medals, the format is very similar. However, rather than teams shooting simultaneously, teams shoot their arrows alternatively between each other, and twenty (20) seconds is allocated for each team member to take it in turns to shoot their arrow. Should teams tie, the familiar shoot-off procedure is used but teams’ alternative between each other to take it in turns for one of their team members to shoot an arrow in the twenty (20) second time limit.

The Mixed Team Event:

Comprises of one (1) highest scoring male and one (1) highest scoring female athlete of the same team and bow discipline. From the same qualification round used for all other events, the highest scoring male and female scores are combined to make a grand total for the team. These combined scores are then ranked in numerical order to select the top 16 mixed teams to progress through to the elimination matches. As in the team event, the top sixteen (16) teams are paired for the elimination matches, No 1 against No 16th ranked team and No 2 against number 15th ranked team and so.

The recurve mixed team event is the best of four (4) sets, with each team shooting, simultaneously, four (4) arrows in each set, two (2) arrows per athlete, in an 80 second time limit. The team with the highest cumulative score in the set, wins the match. However, if the team set points are tied at 4-4 after the fourth (4th) set, a shoot-off will be required. Each of the two (2) team members shoot one (1) arrow each, in a time limit of twenty (20) seconds and the team with the highest cumulative score, wins the match 5-4. However, if the cumulative shoot off scores are tied, the team with the arrow closest to the centre of the target, wins the match.

For the compound bow, the teams are comprised and shoot in the same rotation as the recurve teams but instead of set points, the compound format uses cumulative scoring. Each team shoots, simultaneously, 4 ends of four (4) arrows, two (2) arrows per athlete, in an 80 second time limit. The team with the highest cumulative score wins the match and progresses to the next round. If the scores are tied, the match will be decided by a shoot-off. In the shoot-off, each team shoots two (2) arrows, one per athlete, and the team with the highest cumulative score, win the match. If the scores still remain tied from those arrows sot, the team that has an arrow closest to the centre wins the match.

In the mixed team medal matches for both recurve and compound, to decide the Bronze and Gold Medals, the format is very similar. However, rather than teams shooting simultaneously, teams shoot their arrows alternatively between each other, and twenty (20) seconds is allocated for each team member to take it in turns to shoot their arrow. Should teams tie, the familiar shoot-off procedure is used but teams’ alternative between each other to take it in turns for one of their team members to shoot an arrow in the twenty (20) second time limit. 

February 2014

Archery at the World Games

Field archery has represented archery for the recurve, compound and barebow divisions in all but the first edition of the World Games, thus making its 7th appearance in 2009. Recurve and barebow athletes will still shoot field archery at the Cali 2013 World Games, while the compound ones will compete in outdoor target archery.
 
Outdoor target archery for compound athletes is the counterpart of what recurve athletes play at the Olympic Games. The archers shoot on a flat field and have to go for the ultimate accuracy shooting at target with scoring rings (best score is 10 points per arrow). While the recurve archers shoot at 70 metres, the compound ones play at 50 metres on a smaller target face, hence making the precision game even more difficult.
 
Field archery offers athletes a different type of challenge with its variety of the ever-changing shooting conditions. Archers walk a set course and shoot at targets of different sizes from varying distances. Uphill and downhill shots are required, often with varying positions for the feet. No target is like the previous one, and, much like golf, each course is different from the other. In field archery, the shots are generally made challenging through the clever use of the intervening terrain, forcing the athletes to not only estimate the distance but to allow for the slope of the ground—or to make accommodations for the incline of a tree. Other factors increasing the difficulty of the shots include the lighting—in the woods, for instance, shooting from the dark to the light or the other way round. The arrow flight differs on a given distance because of the angle of the shot, which means that the archer must constantly adapt himself to the situation.
 
The World Archery Federation (WA) has around 150 national federations—called Member Associations—in the world. Archery has been an Olympic sport since 1900 and the World Archery Federation was created in 1931. The Archery World Cup was launched in 2006 and the World Archery brand in 2009. The WA President is the IOC Member Prof Dr Ugur ERDENER from Turkey.
 
Archery Competitions in Cali 2013
 
Outdoor Target Archery
 
Ø 24 men and 24 women will qualify in compound.
Ø If one man and one woman qualify from the same country, they will be able to shoot in a Mixed Team event.
Ø Athletes shoot qualifications of 72 arrows at 50 metres on a target face with six scoring rings (10-5 points). Each arrow out of the 5-point ring is considered as a Miss (0 point). The score is cumulative.
Ø At the end of qualifications, the athletes or teams are paired on a match chart based on their ranking (top score seeded No. 1, etc.) Byes may be awarded.
Ø Individual athletes play matches of 15 arrows with cumulative score. Highest total score wins the match. In case of a tie, a shoot-off of 1 arrow only is played. The winner is the one closest to the centre.
Ø Mixed teams play matches of 16 arrows with cumulative score. Each archer shoots 8 arrows. Highest total score wins the match. In case of a tie, each archer shoots 1 more arrow for the best cumulative score. If the score is still tied, the arrow closest to the centre defines the winners.
Ø There will be three podiums awarded (gold – silver – bronze).
 
Field Archery
 
Ø 12 men and 12 women will qualify in recurve and in barebow (4 individual categories, no team).
Ø Athletes shoot on marked (known) and unmarked (unknown) distances, from 5 to 60 meters, are shot depending on the division. Shots are uphill, downhill, with various conditions, forcing the athletes to adapt on each shot.
Ø The target faces have six scoring rings (6 to 1 points)
Ø Competitors shoot one round of 24 unmarked targets on the first day and 24 marked targets on second day. They shoot three arrows per target.
Ø Only the four best archers qualify for semi-finals and finals matches.
Ø The semi-finals matches consist of four marked targets and finals matches consist of four different marked targets—for bronze and for gold. The first-ranked athlete shoots against the fourth-ranked, and the second shoots against the third in the semi-finals.
Ø Archers have 4 minutes to shoot 3 arrows.
Ø There will be four podiums awarded (gold – silver – bronze).
 
Medal Tables at World Games 1985 - 2009
         
 
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
Sweden
11
3
6
20
Italy
8
10
11
29
Germany
4
0
5
9
USA
5
2
1
8
France
4
4
6
14
Austria
3
3
1
7
Great Britain
1
5
3
9
Netherlands
1
2
1
4
Belgium
1
2
0
3
Denmark
0
2
1
3
Slovenia
0
2
1
3
Finland
0
2
0
2
Australia
0
1
0
1
Norway
0
0
1
1
Croatia
0
0
1
1
 
World Games winners in 2009 (all in Field Archery discipline)
 
Recurve Women: Carole FERRIOU (FRA)
Recurve Men: Viktor WUNDERLE (USA)
Compound Men: Kevin WILKEY (USA)
Compound Women: Petra GOEBEL (AUT)
Barebow Men: Giuseppe SEIMANDI (ITA)
Barebow Women: Eleonora STROBBE (ITA)
 
Best Archers
 
The best archers for field archery in recurve men over the last 10 years have been the 2005 World Games winner Michelle FRANGILLI (ITA), Victor WUNDERLE (USA), Sebastian ROHHBERG (GER) and current world champion Alan WILLS (GBR). Previously, some of the best archers in field archery have been the 1988 Olympic champion Jay BARRS (USA), Andrea PARENTI (ITA) or Goran BJENRENDAL (SWE), whose daughter Christine has become the women recurve field world champion in 2010!
 
In recurve women, the other favourites have been Carole FERRIOU (two times World Games winner), Jessica TOMASI (ITA), Naomi FOLKARD (GBR), Petra ERICSSON (SWE) and Lisa UNRUH (GER).
 
In barebow men Pasi AHJOKIVI (FIN), Giuseppe SEIMANDI and Sergio Massimo CASSIANI (ITA) have won the medals at the last world championships, while Matthias LARSSON and Eric JONSSON (SWE) should be considered as the all-time best.
 
In barebow women, Monika JENTGES (GER) has been a force in this discipline together with Eleonora STROBBE (ITA), Christine GAUTHE (FRA) and Becky NELSON-HARRIS (USA) in recent times. Previously, this category has been dominated by Marie PALM (SWE), Odile BOUSSIERE (FRA) as well as Trish and Patricia LOVELL (GBR).
 
In field archery Morgan LUNDIN (SWE) and Dave COUSINS (USA) have been dominant in compound men for more than the last ten years. John DUDLEY (USA) and Chris WHITE (GBR) have also won several medals. While some archers may be as good in field archery as in outdoor target archery, the introduction of this discipline at the World Games may lead to some new faces such as outdoor world champion Reo WILDE (USA), Commonwealth champion Duncan BUSBY (GBR), double World Cup Final winner Sergio PAGNI (ITA), Braden GELLENTHIEN (USA) and Jorge JIMENEZ from El Salvador!
 
In compound women field archery, Anne LANTEE (born LAURILA) from Finland and Petra GOEBEL (born FRIEDL) from Austria are respectively the current world championships and World Games title holders. Other notables include Jamie VAN NATTA (USA), Ivana BUDEN (CRO), Ulrika SJOWALL (SWE) and Gladys WILLEMS (BEL). In target archery, the recent dominant players in the compound division have been Albina LOGINOVA (RUS), Nicky HUNT (GBR), Erika ANSCHUTZ (USA) and Ashley WALLACE (CAN).
 
Did you know?
In 2005, the compound archer Morgan LUNDIN (SWE) won the World Archery Championships in target archery as well as the World Games in field archery. LUNDIN also won the World Archery Field Championships in 2006. LUNDIN has earned the gold medal three times at the World Games (1993, 1997 and 2005)!
 
Petra ERICSSON (SWE) is the only athlete to have won an archery gold medal at the World Games in two categories: recurve women in 2005 and compound women in 1997.
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