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Rio Olympics 2016 Archery: A-Z of Archery

Deepika Kumari
Deepika Kumari is a former world number one
Modified 06 Aug 2016, 21:17 IST

A for Atanu Das - Ranked 22nd in the world, he is the only male archer from India at the Games. It'll be a surprise if he is in contention for a medal.

B for Bombayla Devi Laishram - One of India's most experienced archers, Bombayla has been part of India's international squad for nine years. She is currently ranked 69th in the world.

C  for Choi Misun - The number one women's archer in the world. She has won 89% of the matches she has contested in her career.

D for Deepika Kumari - India's top-ranked women's archer, she's better than her ranking of 12 suggests. She went into the 2012 Olympics as the top-ranked archer but a disappointing performance saw her get knocked out in the first round. She will be hoping for a much improved showing this time around.

E for End - This term is used to refer to the number of arrows that will be shot by an archer in a round before the score is taken. End at the Olympics is six.

F for Fletcher - The person who makes the arrows.

G for Gold - The colour of the centre of the archery target.

H for Hubert van Innis - The archer who has won the most number of medals at the Olympics. Between 1900 and 1920, he won 9 medals - including 6 Golds which is also a record.

I for Italy - The South Koreans might dominate the sport, but they didn't take home all four Gold Medals on offer in the 2012 Olympics. The one that they lost was in the men's team event where the Italian team of  Michele Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli came on top.


J for John Williams - The first Gold Medalist in the men’s individual event after the sport returned to the Olympics in 1972.

K for Korea - South Korea are the dominant country when it comes to the sport. They are ranked number one in the men's and women's team categories, and have the top-ranked men's (Kim Woojin) and women's (Choi Misun) archers. Since the women's team event was introduced at Seoul 1988, such has been Korea's dominance that they have won every Gold Medal in the event.

L for Laxmirani Majhi - Ranked second among Indian female archers, Laxmirani is an integral part of the Indian women's team who are among the top teams in the event. She is currently ranked 15th in the world.

M for MQS - The abbreviation for Minimum Qualification Score that archers have to achieve to qualify for the Olympics. For men, it's 70m round of 630 and for women, it's 70m round of 600.

N for Nock - It is the notch, made up of plastic, at the end of the arrow that holds the bowstring.

O for Oh Jin-hyek - The defending men's individual champion at the Olympics. He won the Gold with a world record score of 699 in London, but is ranked 37th at the moment.

P for Park Sung-Hyun - Considered by many as the greatest women's archer of the 21st century, she won 3 Golds and 1 Silver at the Olympics during her career.


Q for Quiver - Also known as the bow quiver, it is a container used to holds arrows.

R for Recurve - It is the type of bow that will be used at the Olympics. It's the more traditional bow. According to the World Archery website, "the limbs curve away from the archer at the top, giving the re-curve its name".

S for Sambadrome- The venue for archery at Rio 2016. Famous musicians like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, David Bowie, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, Britney Spears etc. have performed here in the past.

T for Toxophilite -  According to the Oxford dictionary, a toxophilite is “a student or lover of archery”. Well, if you fall in love with the sport at the Olympics, you know what to call yourself.

U for United States of America - The country won all the medals available in archery at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis.

V for Vane - The term also used for plastic fenching.

W for World Archery Federation - The governing body of the sport and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Y for Yun Mi Jin - Another Korean archer who enjoyed a lot of success in the sport. She dominated the women's sport at the start of the millennium with two Golds at the 2000 Olympics. She was also part of the Korean women's team that won Gold in Athens four years later. 

Z for Zhang Juanjuan - The Gold Medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 

Published 06 Aug 2016, 20:55 IST
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