Guide to archery at the Olympics

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 16:04

STAR NAME
Im Dong-hyun (men's recurve): South Korean Im has been operating at the top level since leaving the 2003 World Championships with a team gold and individual silver. At the time, he was just 17. Now 26 he holds the world record over 72 arrows - the format used to rank the archers in London. He beat his own mark to register a new high of 693 in the Olympic test event at Lord's and improved to 696 in Turkey earlier this year. Remarkably, Im suffers from severe visual impairment and competes without corrective aids.

GREATEST OLYMPIAN
Kim Soo-nyung (women's recurve): Since the sport was reintroduced to the Olympic schedule in 1972, ending a 52-year absence, nobody has won the individual event more than once but South Korea's Kim has enjoyed more success than most, winning bronze in 2000, silver in 1992 and gold in 1988. She also played her part in a trio of team golds in Seoul, Barcelona and Sydney.

BIGGEST FLOP
Marco Galiazzo (men's recurve): The Italian archer will forever cherish memories of winning individual gold in 2004, when the event took place in the celebrated surroundings of the 1896 Olympic Stadium - the site of the first modern Games. But four years later he stumbled in dramatic fashion. He was seeded just 12th after a poor ranking round and found his attempt to work through the pack ended when he was dumped out in the last 32 by unheralded Briton Alan Wills.

DID YOU KNOW?
When the Games were held in St Louis in 1904, the host nation USA were the only country to compete in archery. A total of 17 medals were on offer but while the field was small it was also the first sign of team events and women's competition after both were left off the schedule four years earlier.

FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE GAMES
1900.

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