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Monday, 01 January 2007 23:47

Archery - Rules

Female archer takes aim Outdoor target competitions take place over four distances ranging 30 - 90 metres

At the 15th Asian Games, the archery competition takes place over four different distances, starting with the longest. Men shoot from 90m, 70m, 50m and 30m. Women shoot from 70m, 60m, 50m and 30m.

The target is 122cm wide for the two longer distances and 80cm for the shorter distances. In the qualification round, competitors shoot 36 arrows from each distance, a total of 144 arrows.

In the individual competitions, the top 64 go through to the Olympic round; in the team competitions, the top 16 teams go through. The Olympic round is a straight knockout with competitors seeded by the placings in the qualification round. So, number 1 plays number 64, number 2 plays number 63. And so on.

In the Olympic round, all arrows are shot from 70m at a 122cm target. The two finalists shoot for the gold and silver medals, with the bronze medal decided in a play-off match.

In the team event, teams of three archers shoot three arrows each over three ends. The total points scored by all 27 arrows decide the winner (Three arrows x three archers x three ends = 27 arrows).

All three archers in a team must finish shooting before the prescribed time limit (currently 3 minutes). Archers may shoot in any sequence and may shoot one, two or three arrows each time they are on the shooting line.


A sport of extreme accuracy, requiring a precise aim and steady hands. Hit the bulls-eye by using our animation to find further details about equipment, the target and its dimensions

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