Archery at the 2012 Summer Olympics

The archery events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London were held over an eight-day period from 27 July to 3 August. Four events took place, all being staged at Lord's Cricket Ground in front of temporary stands built to accommodate up to 6,500 spectators.

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VenueLord's Cricket Ground
Dates27 July – 3 August
No. of events4 (2 men, 2 women)
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South Korea was the most successful nation, topping the medal table with three golds and four medals in total.

Competition formatEdit

A total of 128 athletes competed across the four events: the men's individual, women's individual, men's team, and women's team.[1]

All four events were recurve archery events, held under the FITA-approved 70-metre distance and rules. The competition started with an initial ranking round involving all 64 archers of each gender. Each archer shot a total of 72 arrows to be seeded from 1–64 according to their score.

The ranking round was also used to seed the teams from 1 to 12, by aggregating the individual scores for the members of each team.

Each event was then played in a single-elimination tournament format, except for the semi-final losers, who played-off to decide the bronze medal winner.

Individual eventsEdit

Lord's Cricket Ground hosted the archery at the 2012 Games.

In the individual events, all 64 competitors entered the competition at the first round, the round of 64. The draw was seeded according to the result of the ranking round so the first seed shot against the 64th seed in the first round.

Each match was the best-of-five sets, with three arrows per set. The winner of each set received two points, and if the scores in the set were tied then each archer received one point. If at the end of five sets the score was tied at 5–5, a single arrow shoot-off would be held and the closest to the centre would be declared the winner.

Team eventsEdit

In the team events, the top four seeded teams from the ranking round received a bye to the quarter-final. The remaining eight teams, seeded 5th to 12th, competed for the remaining four places in the quarter-finals.

Each match consisted of 24 arrows from each team (eight from each team member) and the team with the highest score progressed. In the event of scores being tied, a three-arrow shoot-off would take place.


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+01:00).

Day Date Start Finish Event Phase
Day 0 Friday 27 July 2012 9:00 15:00 Men's individual Ranking round
Women's individual Ranking round
Day 1 Saturday 28 July 2012 9:00 19:00 Men's team Eliminations/Medal round
Day 2 Sunday 29 July 2012 9:00 19:00 Women's team Eliminations/Medal round
Day 3 Monday 30 July 2012 9:00 17:40 Men's individual 1/32 & 1/16 Eliminations
Women's individual 1/32 & 1/16 Eliminations
Day 4 Tuesday 31 July 2012 9:00 17:40 Men's individual 1/32 & 1/16 Eliminations
Women's individual 1/32 & 1/16 Eliminations
Day 5 Wednesday 1 August 2012 9:00 19:00 Men's individual 1/32 & 1/16 Eliminations
Women's individual 1/32 & 1/16 Eliminations
Day 6 Thursday 2 August 2012 9:00 16:20 Women's individual 1/8 Eliminations/Quarter/Semi finals/Medal round
Day 7 Friday 3 August 2012 9:00 16:20 Men's individual 1/8 Eliminations/Quarter/Semi finals/Medal round


Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was permitted to enter a maximum of six competitors, three per gender. NOCs that qualified teams for a particular gender were able to send a three-member team to the team event and also have each member compete in the individual event. There were 12 team spots for each gender, thus qualifying 36 individuals through team qualification. All other NOCs may earn a maximum of one quota place per gender for the individual events.[2]

Six places were reserved for Great Britain as the host nation, and a further six were decided by the Tripartite Commission. The remaining 116 places were then allocated through a qualification process, in which archers earned quota places for their respective NOCs, though not necessarily for themselves.[2]

To be eligible to participate in the Olympic Games after the NOC has obtained a quota place, all archers must have achieved the following minimum qualification score (MQS):[2]

  • Men: FITA round of 1230 or 70m round of 625
  • Women: FITA round of 1230 or 70m round of 600

The MQS must have been achieved between 2 July 2011 (starting at the 2011 World Outdoor Archery Championships) and 1 July 2012 at a registered FITA event.[2]

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

1  South Korea3014
2  Italy1001
3  China0112
6  United States0101
Totals (6 nations)44412


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual
Oh Jin-hyek
  South Korea
Takaharu Furukawa
Dai Xiaoxiang
Men's team
  Italy (ITA)
Michele Frangilli
Marco Galiazzo
Mauro Nespoli
  United States (USA)
Brady Ellison
Jake Kaminski
Jacob Wukie
  South Korea (KOR)
Im Dong-hyun
Kim Bub-min
Oh Jin-hyek
Women's individual
Ki Bo-Bae
  South Korea
Aída Román
Mariana Avitia
Women's team
  South Korea (KOR)
Choi Hyeon-ju
Ki Bo-bae
Lee Sung-jin
  China (CHN)
Cheng Ming
Fang Yuting
Xu Jing
  Japan (JPN)
Ren Hayakawa
Miki Kanie
Kaori Kawanaka


Gallery of some of the Olympic medalists in the archery competitions:


  1. ^ "Olympic sports: Archery". London 2012. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "London 2012 Olympics qualifying: Archery". BBC Sport. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011.

External linksEdit

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