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Gavin Ben Sutherland (born June 26, 1979) is a Zimbabwean competitive archer.[1] He became the first archer to represent Zimbabwe in an Olympic tournament since the late Wrex Tarr's appearance in Seoul twenty-eight years earlier, finishing as the fifth recurve male at the 2016 African Championships in Windhoek, Namibia to secure the country's Olympic berth for Rio 2016.[2] Currently residing in the United Kingdom, Sutherland trains at an upscale archery range in downtown Worthing, under the tutelage of his coach Gary Kinghorn.[3]

Gavin Sutherland
Personal information
Full nameGavin Ben Sutherland
Born (1979-06-26) 26 June 1979 (age 39)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
Country Zimbabwe
ClubWorthing Archery Club (GBR)
Coached byGary Kinghorn
Updated on 24 February 2017.

Sutherland was selected by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee to compete in the men's individual recurve at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[2] Heading to the knockout stage as the lowest-ranked archer of the 64-man field with 566 points, Sutherland lost his opening round match to the current world holder Kim Woo-jin of South Korea, who comfortably dispatched him from the tournament with an easy 6–0 score.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Gavin Sutherland". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Zim archer relishes Olympic debut in Rio". Zimbabwe: NewsDay. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Gavin At The Olympics". Worthing Archery Club. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Archery: Men's Individual Round of 64". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  5. ^ Yoo, Jee-ho (9 August 2016). "Top-ranked archer suffers stunning defeat in individual event". Yonhap. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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