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RIO 2016 OLYMPICS - ARCHERY 5th Aug to 12 Aug 2016 - Now Finished

A clean sweep of Gold for the S Korean's full results here

If you missed any of the action it is still up on the BBC website, just go to the Rio Schedule select a day select archery - here is a link to the Mens Individual Finals

6 Aug 2016  - S Korea (
Kim Woojin,Ku BonchanLee Seungyun ) claim the first archery golds on offer in the men's team even beating the USA 6-0 an awesome display of shooting dropping only 3 points over the 3 sets. Australia took the Bronze.

RIO Archery on TV

The BBC Provisional TV Guide can be found HERE
We are not expecting much to be live on mainstream TV, however it should all be live online and perhaps the red button.

GBR interest

Patrick Huston - Recurve Men
Naomi Folkard - Recurve Women

An interesting Video blog from Patrick and Naomi

Some backround information by continent Provided by Chris Wells - World Archery you can read lots more here



Number of athletes: 7

Number of nations: 6

Number of first-time nations: 2


Ahmed El-Nemr, from Egypt, has the strongest Olympic pedigree. He’s one of only two of the African archers in Rio to have competed at a Games before. (Both went to London in 2012.)

Twenty-seven year-old El-Nemr is also the reigning African Champion in the recurve men’s division.


Africa, the growing nation in international archery, has two National Olympic Committees represented for the first time in archery in Libya and Malawi. The latter will be the feel-good story to follow, especially when you get to know where Malawian archer’s Areneo David’s roots lie – thanks to the (above) both heart-wrenching and -warming documentary, produced for Korean television.


A nation-by-nation run-down of the continent’s athletes, history and a target, which – if achieved – would mean a really successful archery competition in Rio. Medal count is taken from the modern era, post-1972.


Athletes: Reem Mansour (woman), Ahmed El-Nemr (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Egypt sent two archers to London 2012 – El-Nemr and Nada Kamel. The latter went out in the first round, but El-Nemr – now en-route to his second Olympics – pulled off one of the upsets of the first round. The 57th seed dispatched Canada’s Crispin Duenas, ranked number eight, 6-2. He fell in the second phase, but successfully upset the bracket – and became the first Egyptian archer to win a match at the Games.

Mansour makes her Olympic debut in Rio. She finished second at the African Archery Championships to win Egypt the spot.

Target: Third round – men, second round – women


Athletes: Rene Kouassi (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Rene became the Ivory Coast’s first Olympic archer in 2012. He seeded 59th and lost in the first round to sixth-seeded Gael Prevost, of France.

Target: Second round – men


Athletes: Shehzana Anwar (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Kenya has had two previous archery Olympians. Dominic John Rebolo competed in 2000, and both he and Jennifer Mbuta attended Atlanta in 1996. Shehzana is the reigning African Archery Champion, since winning in Windhoek early in 2016. Neither Rebolo nor Mbuta won a match.

Target: Second round – women


Athletes: Ali El Ghrari (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: El Ghrari will become Libya’s first Olympic archer in Rio. The 19-year-old was issued a Tripartite place after finishing 17th at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014. He’s been unable to travel much, due to issues in his country at home.

Target: 630+ on ranking round


Athletes: Areneo David (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Areneo, hand-picked from Coach Sally’s group of young men in Malawi to represent the landlocked African nation in a Tripartite place, is one of five Malawian athletes across three sports travelling to Brazil. Since 1992, the nation has only ever sent athletes for the athletics or swimming competitions.

“I’d like to be a coach. I had a dream I went to Mozambique as an archery coach,” he said when he arrived in Rio. First, he’s an athlete in Rio. And, sporting a brand-new sponsored bow and an ever-improving technique, hopes are high that he’ll hit the 640+ levels he’s displayed at home in Malawi.

Target: 630+ on ranking round


Athletes: Gavin Sutherland (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Now a resident in the United Kingdom, Sutherland is the first Zimbabwean archer to qualify for the Games. One athlete from the nation competed in the event in 1980 and four in 1988 – but that was before the quota qualification system was brought in.

Sutherland was an archer until 1988 before becoming an international cyclist. He began archery again in 2010, qualified for the Games by finishing fifth at the 2016 African Championships, and said – in a video on the Zimbabwean Team’s Facebook page – that he wanted to use the Games to help Zimbabwe “become a stronger competitive nation and, one day, see more African countries shooting at the Olympics and Archery World Cups”.

Target: 630+ on ranking round



Number of athletes: 25

Number of nations: 9

Number of first-time nations: 1


Aida Roman won silver at London 2012. She also took gold at the Archery World Cup Final in 2014 – and won an indoor world title that same year. She’s not taken an individual podium in 2016, but she has the finest Olympic results, alone, of them all in this article.

(Although, three-time Hyundai Archery World Cup Champion Brady Ellison could easily fill this space.)


Brazil. The host nation has been party to a number of years of enthusiastic appreciation for archery, the team’s improvement and growth – and their nation’s hopes for Rio 2016. If Brazil climbs the podium, archery will take centre stage at this Olympic Games.


A nation-by-nation run-down of the continent’s athletes, history and a target, which – if achieved – would mean a really successful archery competition in Rio. Medal count is taken from the modern era, post-1972


Athletes: Sarah NikitinAne Marcelle Dos SantosMarina Canetta(women); Marcus D’AlmeidaBernardo OliveiraDaniel Rezende (men)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The host nation of the Olympics. Probably under more pressure than any other team – but also with the largest cohort of support. Rezende’s the only athlete on the six-archer squad with previous Olympic experience, from London, but Oliveira also attended those Games as an observer.

While D’Almeida’s borne the brunt of expectations, thanks to being the silver medallist at the Youth Olympic Games in 2014, it’s in the team events that Brazil probably has its best shot of climbing the podium. The Brazilian men came fourth at the third stage of the 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup – and the entire team has come on leaps and bounds ahead of the Games.

Brazil has never won an Olympic medal.

Target: One medal – men or women


Athletes: Georcy Thiffeault Picard (woman), Crispin Duenas (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The 16th-seed in Beijing and ranked eight in London, Duenas has not made it past the first round at an Olympics. He said he’s more prepared for Rio than the previous two outings and he should go further. Picard’s a Games debutant, at 25, though she’s been shooting internationally since 2008.

Despite being a staple attendee at the Games, Canada has never won a medal in the archery competition.

Target: Top eight – men, second round – women


Athletes: Ricardo Soto (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The only Chilean archer to previously compete at the Games was Denise van Lamoen, a former World Archery Champion, in 2000 and 2012. Soto is the second competitor from Chile - and the youngest archer on the Sambodromo field come 5 August, at 16 years of age. He’s a Pan Am youth champ – and has scored 663 on the ranking round in 2016.

Target: Second round – men


Athletes: Ana Maria RendonNatalia SanchezCarolina Aguirre(women); Andres Pila (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Colombia last had a women‘s team appear at the Olympics in 2008. That squad included two of the athletes returning in 2016: Rendon and Sanchez. Rendon also made it to the last 16 of those Games, before falling to the USA’s Khatuna Lorig. She returned in Beijing, but lost in the first round. Rio will be her third appearance.

Twenty-five year-old Andres Pila is attending his first Olympics. He’ll look to do better than Daniel Pineda, who shot in London and lost in the first round.

Target: Top eight – women, second round – men


Athletes: Adrian Puentes (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Taking the mantle from Cuban international Juan Carlos Stevens, who competed in 2012 and 2008, Puentes has reasonably large shoes to fill. Stevens made the quarterfinals in Beijing, losing only to Park Kyung-Mo, the individual silver medallist at that event. Puentes, 28, won gold at the Pan Am Games in Rio in 2007!

Target: Third round – men


Athletes: Yessica Camilo (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The first archer from the Dominican Republic to qualify and attend the Olympic Games, Camilo has already taken a large step for the sport in her nation. She was one of a number of women on the island nation training for qualification – and finished fourth in the America’s continental qualifying tournament.

Target: 630+ on ranking round


Athletes: Aida RomanAlejandra ValenciaGabriela Bayardo (women);Ernesto Boardman (man)

Olympic record: 2 medals – 1 silver, 1 bronze

Intel: At London 2012, Mexico picked up its first Olympic medals. Aida Roman won silver, Mariana Avitia took bronze. Roman is back for Rio. (Avitia is commentating for Latin American television.)

Boardman beat out Beijing fourth-place-finisher JR Serrano for the Rio spot. Boardman’s shot 677 in qualifying in 2016 – and won the Americas continental qualifier for Rio (ahead of his two Mexican compatriots).

Target: One medal – women, top eight – men


Athletes: Mackenzie Brown (woman); Brady EllisonJake Kaminski,Zach Garrett (men)

Olympic record: 8 medals – 8 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze

Intel: The States men are reigning silver medallists in the team competition. And two of that London 2012 podium-climbing team return in Ellison and Kaminski. Garrett’s the newby to the USA squad – but was threatening Ellison’s top spot on the team in scores, until the latter posted the third-highest qualifying score (697) in world-level history in Shanghai, early in 2016.

The pedigree is there.

Target: One medal – men, top eight – women


Athletes: Leidys Brito (woman), Elias Malave (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Both Malave and Brito competed at London 2012 – neither won a match – and Brito was in Beijing, too. She upset her first-round opponent but lost to Khatuna Narimanidze, the fourth seed, in the second phase. Both will want to do better.

(Malave has more than enough potential, and experience. He finished fourth at the World Archery Championships in 2015.

Target: Second round – men, third round – women



Number of athletes: 43

Number of nations: 16

Number of first-time nations: 1


Korea, of course. Specifically, the recurve women’s team. Since the team event was introduced in 1988, at Korea’s home Games in Seoul, the Korean recurve women have won every single available gold medal. In Rio, they’ll go for an eighth in a row. They are, literally, unbeaten.


London 2012 Paralympic Champion Zahra Nemati plans to do the double at Rio 2016, and compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She was announced as Iran’s flagbearer at the Olympic opening ceremony early on in the process.

The first Paralympian to compete at the Olympic was New Zealand’s Neroli Fairhall, who was a Paralympic runner and archer in 1980, and then attended the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics as an archer, too.


A nation-by-nation run-down of the continent’s athletes, history and a target, which – if achieved – would mean a really successful archery competition in Rio. Medal count is taken from the modern era, post-1972


Athletes: Shamoli Ray (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: One of just five Bangladeshi athletes, across all the Olympic sports, at Rio 2016, 22-year-old Shamoli was given a Tripartite invitation to the Games.

She the first female archer, and second archer, from the nation to shoot at the Olympics.

Target: 630+ on ranking round


Athletes: Karma (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: A beautiful name to go with a beautiful country – and one that’s competed in the archery competition at the Olympics since 1984.

Karma said that from the day she started archery, she “always wanted to make it to the Olympics”.

The last (and only) Bhutanese woman to win a match at the Games was Tshering Choden in 2004.

Target: Second round – women


Athletes: Cao HuiWu JiaxinQi Yuhong (women); Xing YuGu XuesongWang Dapeng (men)

Olympic record: 9 medals – 1 gold, 6 silver, 2 bronze

Intel: A second-place for the Chinese recurve women’s team at London was the fourth time – and the third in a row – that the nation was beaten to that Olympic crown by Korea.

Is 2016 the year that the Korean women finally crack? Have these Chinese women, all first-time Olympians, got what it takes to force Korea’s hand.

Target: Two medals


Athletes: Ika Rochmawati (woman); Riau Ega AgathaHendra PurnamaMuhammad Wijaya (men)

Olympic record: 1 medal – 1 silver

Intel: Rochmawati made it to the last 16 at the London 2012 Games, losing in a shoot-off to Russia’s Ksenia Perova. (She was also in Beijing in 2008.)

The men qualified at the last chance tournament in Antalya, securing Indonesia its first ever men’s team place at the Games.

Indonesia’s lone Olympic medal in archery was won in 1988, when the women’s team finished second to Korea.

Target: Top eight – women, top eight – men


Athletes: Laxmirani MajhiBombayla Devi LaishramDeepika Kumari(women); Atanu Das (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The Indian women’s team, perpetually undervalued by the nation’s media, is ranked number three in the world arriving in London. Kumari, the darling of the squad since winning double-gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010, is at her second Olympics in Rio. (Laishram is at her third.) 

Kumari seeded eighth in London before being upset in the first round.

The Indian man at the 2016 Olympics is Atanu Das, who found his way into his first individual senior finals match at the third stage of the 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya. He took Kim Woojin to a tight shoot-off, but ultimately lost.

Das beat out veterans Mangal Singh Champia (Olympian in 2008) and Jayanta Talukdar (Olympian in 2012) for a ticket to his Olympic debut.

Target: One medal


Athletes: Zahra Nemati (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The London 2012 Paralympic Champion will compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics in 2016. She qualified her ticket to the Olympics in Rio outright, at the Asian Championships, before adding the Paralympic place straight afterwards.

No Iranian archer – there has been four – has ever won a match at the Olympics.

Target: Second round – women


Athletes: Hayashi YukiKawanaka KaoriNagamine Saori (women);Furukawa Takaharu (man)

Olympic record: 4 medals – 3 silver, 1 bronze

Intel: Furukawa is the defending silver medallist at the Olympics – and Kawanaka was part of the women’s team that came third in London. Nagamine and Hayashi are new to the Games – and will have to level up to reach the podium again.

Before 2012, Japan had only one Olympic medallist: Hiroshi Yamamoto, who won bronze in 1984 and took silver in 2004, 20 years later.

Target: Two medals


Athletes: Luiza Saidiyeva (woman); Sultan Duzelbayev (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Two Kazakh men made it to the third round of the Games in 2000. Since then, it’s been losses in the first or second matches of the tournament throughout.

Both Saidiyeva and Duzelbayev are first-time Olympians.

Target: Third round – men, second round – women


Athletes: Ki Bo BaeChang Hye JinChoi Misun (women); Kim Woojin,Ku BonchanLee Seungyun (men)

Olympic record: 34 medals – 18 gold, 10 silver, 6 bronze

Intel: Korea is, without any doubt, the most successful nation in the archery competition’s history at the Olympic Games. As each Olympiad passes, the Korean women remain unbeaten in the team event – and this group have said that they consider taking an eighth consecutive team gold more important than their individual performances.

Oh Jin Hyek broke the spell over the Korean men in 2012, becoming the first from the nation to hold the title of individual Olympic Champion – but he didn’t make the team in 2016.

Ki Bo Bae, if she takes gold in Rio, would become the first archer ever to successfully defend an Olympic title (and only the second to win it twice).

Target: Five medals, including the women’s team gold


Athletes: Khairul Anuar MohamadMuhammad Nor HasrinHaziq Kamaruddin (men)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Khairul Anuar Mohamad made the last eight of London. Kamaruddin was there, too – and Malaysian trio lost to Mexico in the first round of the team event.

Since 2004 (Malaysia’s Olympic archery debut), and including Khairul’s London run, twice a Malaysian man has been one win off a medal match.

Target: Top four – men


Athletes: Gantugs Jantsan (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Olympics number two for Jantsan, who seeded high in London (19th), then lost in the first round. He’s the oldest archer on the Rio 2016 field.

Target: Top 16 – men


Athletes: Htwe San Yu (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: A nation that’s had an archer in every Olympics since 2000 – and an archer that’s shot internationally since 2005, though not at a Games.

Myanmar’s Myo Aung Nay upset ninth seed Romain Girouille in London in 2012, and made it to the third round.

Target: Third round – women


Athletes: Jitbahadur Muktan (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The first Olympic archery experience for the nation of Nepal, as Muktan travels to Brazil as part of a seven-athlete squad after receiving a Tripartite invitation. He has two top-20 finishes at Asian Games on his record, in 2010 and 2014 – and posted 642 in qualifying at the Asian Championships.

Target: 630+ on ranking round


Athletes: Kang Un Ju (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Kang Un Ju has big shoes to fill. DPR Korea’s recurve women have had success at Olympics, almost climbing the podium twice in recent memory.

In 2000, Ok Sil Choe finished fourth, losing the bronze final to Kim Soo-Nyung. Eight years later, in Beijing, Kwon Un-sil was short in the 3-4 place match, as well, losing to Yun Ok-Hee.

(The latter knocked out both Aida Roman and Mariana Avitia, both from Mexico, in Beijing. Roman and Avitia would both climb the podium in London, four years later.)

Target: One medal


Athletes: Witthaya Thamwong (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: A second chance at the Games for Thamwong, who lost in the first round at London 2012. He remains Thailand’s only Olympian archer since the quota system was brought in.

Target: Second round – men


Athletes: Lin Shih-ChiaTan Ya-TingLe Chien-Ying (women); Kao Hao-WenWei Chun-HengYu Guan-Lin (men)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The Chinese Taipei men’s team is a new line-up, when compared to London 2012. The women’s squad, though, is exactly the same.

One of the enigmas of international archery over the past few years, Tan Ya-Ting, Lin Shih-Chia and Le Chien-Ying have flashed brilliance. Between them, four years ago, they won four matches – with Tan Ya Ting making the last 16.

If all breaks right in Rio, all three could go further than that. But Chinese Taipei has never won an Olympic archery medal.

Target: One medal



Number of athletes: 46

Number of nations: 22

Number of first-time nations: 2


The most decorated European Olympian on the Rio roster is Marco Galiazzo. Attending his fourth Games, the Italian man already has three medals: Individual gold from 2004, team gold from 2012 and team silver from ’08.


Europe is in the middle of a changing of the guard. It has the most experienced Olympians on the field in Psarra (five Games), Galazzio, Folkard, Esebua and Narimanidze (all four) – and some of the youngest athletes.

Is this a last dance for some of the veterans, before a full refresh completes in 2020?


A nation-by-nation run-down of the continent’s athletes, history and a target, which – if achieved – would mean a really successful archery competition in Rio. Medal count is taken from the modern era, post-1972.


Athletes: Olga Senyuk (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The legacy of the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan? Senyuk qualified the nation its first archery place at the Games at the European Archery Championships in 2016, finishing third.

Target: Second round – women


Athletes: Laurence Baldauff (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Austria’s first ever archer qualified to a Games – though athletes competed in the event prior to the quota system being brought in. Baldauff won her spot at one of the first opportunities, in the secondary tournament at the worlds in Copenhagen.

Although she started archery in 1990, she didn’t represent her country until 2012.

Target: Second round – women


Athletes: Robin Ramaekers (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: A youth world champion in 2013, in Wuxi, China, Ramaekers is Belgium’s first archery Olympian since 2000.

Paul Vermeiren, who competed in 1996, ’92 and ’88, finished fourth in Antalya. He was the second Belgian archer to finish fourth at a Games, after Robert Cogniaux in 1972, and has reportedly wished Ramaekers luck by saying: “I hope you do just a little better than me”.

Target: Top eight – men


Athletes: Anton Prilepov (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Round two for Prilepov, who finished ninth in Athens in 2004. He finished third at the European Games in 2015.

Belarus is a staple in the archery competition at the Games – and has sent at least one representative to each since 1996. The first year was the closest to the medal for the nation – as Olga Yakousheva finished fifth.

Target: Top eight – men


Athletes: Adriana Martin (woman); Miguel Alvarino GarciaJuan RodriguezAntonio Fernandez (men)

Olympic record: 1 medal – 1 gold

Intel: The last Spanish men’s team to compete at the Olympics won a gold medal – and on home soil, in Barcelona, in 1992. That remains Spain’s only podium finish in archery to date.

Alvarino Garcia has been known to turn it on when necessary. In 2015, he won the European Games and the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.

Target: Top 16 – men, third round – women


Athletes: Laura Nurmsalu (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Estonia has had three Olympic arches compete previously – the last in 2012 – but none have ever won a match. Nurmsalu’s task in Rio will be to break that trend.

She qualified the place at the final world quota tournament, one day after Estonia finished fourth in the team qualification event – in which the top three squads were issued with invitations.

Target: Second round – women


Athletes: Taru Kuoppa (woman), Samuli Piippo (man)

Olympic record: 4 medals – 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze

Intel: Probably not the nation you’d expect to have such an impressive medal haul at the Olympics. Tomi Polkalainen won in Moscow in 1980, then led the Finnish men’s team to silver 12 years later.

Both Kuoppa and Piippo are first-time Olympians.

Target: Top 16 – men, top 16 – women


Athletes: Pierre PlihonJean-Charles ValladontLucas Daniel (men)

Olympic record: 2 medals – 1 gold, 1 bronze

Intel: France was one of the nations missing from the Olympic roster as the 2016 qualification process played out. With ’92 Olympic Champion Seb Flute mentoring the young team, they dug deep to secure a team invitation at the final world qualification tournament.

Valladont, a severely-committed individual when on the shooting line, muscled his way to a European title in 2016.

Target: Top four – men


Athletes: Naomi Folkard (woman), Patrick Huston (man)

Olympic record: 4 medals – 4 bronze

Intel: At 2012, the Brits – the host team – received a full six-athlete quota. For Rio, the nation had to qualify. Until the Europeans, also in Britain, the team had no spots – then Huston added a men’s, and finished third in the championships, before Folkard added a women’s invitation two weeks later in Antalya.

Huston is a first-time Olympian. Folkard’s at her fourth.

The last British medallist was Alison Williamson, who took bronze in Athens in 2004. (Larry Godfrey finished fourth the same year.)

Two of the four bronze medals on the British Olympic record belong – in part – to Rio coach Richard Priestman, who won them in the team events in 1988 and 1992.

Target: Top 16 – men, top 16 – women


Athletes: Khatuna NarimanidzeYulia LobzhenidzeKristine Esebua(women)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Between the three Georgian girls, there’s nine caps of Olympic experience (including Rio) – four each are attributed to Narimanidze and Esebua. The latter has done four in a row, but the former has the best finish.

She made it to the last 16 in 2008, before losing to Mexico’s Mariana Avitia.

The last time Georgia had a women’s team at the Games, in 2000, it finished 12th.

Target: Top eight – women


Athletes: Lisa Unruh (woman), Florian Floto (man)

Olympic record: 2 medals – 1 silver, 1 bronze

Intel: Both first-time Olympians, Unruh and Floto will represent Germany’s archery interest at the Olympics in 2016 - which hasn’t yielded a medal since 2000. Both of Germany’s podium finishes have come via a women’s team, too.

Unruh and Floto will have to go it alone.

The former has the stronger pedigree. She’s the reigning world champion in both indoor and field disciplines.

Target: Top eight – women, third round – men


Athletes: Evangelia Psarra (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The most experienced of all the Olympians on the Rio 2016 field, Psarra competes at her fifth in Rio de Janeiro – she’s been to each Games since 2000. Her best finish came on home soil in 2004, when she was knocked out by the eventual gold medallist in the last eight – and took seventh overall.

Target: Third round – women


Athletes: Guendalina SartoriClaudia MandiaLucilla Boari (women);Marco GaliazzoMauro NespoliDavid Pasqualucci (men)

Olympic record: 6 medals – 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze

Intel: The only European nation with a full six-athlete roster at Rio 2016, Italy won quota spots for both squads in style. The men’s place was won after a run of close shoot-offs at the first qualifier and the women’s, after a run of close matches, at the last.

Italy is the defending men’s team Olympic Champion – and two members of that gold-medal-winning squad return from London: Athens 2004 individual champ Galiazzo and Nespoli.

Pasqualucci is the Olympic rookie – and he replaces Michele Frangilli, who pulled out the last-arrow 10 to win the London 2012 gold.

Target: One medal – men or women


Athletes: Alexandra Mirca (woman)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Mirca got her first taste of silverware with London 2012 Olympian Dan Olaru at the European Archery Championships in 2016. The pair won the mixed team event.

She has experience of multi-sporting events, having competed at the European Games in Baku in 2015 – but Rio is her debut at the Games.

Target: Top 16


Athletes: Rick van der VenSjef van den BergMitch Dielemans (men)

Olympic record: 1 medal – 1 bronze

Intel: Van der Ven finished fourth at London 2012; van den Berg was second at the European Games in Baku – and, with Dielemans, the three took bronze as a team at that same event.

If they put it together, the body-cooler-wearing trio from the Netherlands could be one of the most dangerous men’s teams on the field.

Target: One medal


Athletes: Baard Nesteng (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Quietly racking up a third Olympic appearance, after 2000 and 2012, Baard’s best finish came at the latter. He was ninth, losing to eventual silver medallist Furukawa Takaharu in the third round.

Target: Top 16 – men


Athletes: Karina Lipiarska-Palka (woman)

Olympic record: 2 medals – 1 silver, 1 bronze

Intel: Poland hasn’t won an archery medal at the Olympic since 1996. Lipiarska-Palka has won a number of team medals at the world level, but nothing individually.

The world number 41 qualified her invitation to her first Olympic Games in the secondary tournament of the main world qualifier at the World Archery Championships in 2015.

Target: Second round – women


Athletes: Ksenia PerovaInna StepanovaTuiana Dashidorzhieva(women)

Olympic record: 1 medal – 1 bronze

Intel: The World Archery Champion recurve women’s team, Perova, Stepanova and Dashidorzhieva were cleared for the Olympics by the World Archery Executive Board after issues were unearthed with clean sport in Russia.

As Russia, the nation has only taken one medal – in the recurve men’s individual event. The women, who are by far talented enough, have some catching up to do!

Target: Top four – women


Athletes: Alexandra Longova (woman), Boris Balaz (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: The second of the first-timers on the European board, Slovakia qualified two athletes in Longova, 22 years old, and 18-year-old Balaz. Both are wildcards, at ranks of 57 and 202 in the world, respectively.

Balaz was at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014.

Target: Second round – men, second round – women


Athletes: Christine Bejerendal (woman)

Olympic record: 2 medals – 2 silver

Intel: A two-time Olympian when she arrives in Rio, Bjerendal shoots with an unconventional style, taken from barebow technique, where she puts all three of her fingers underneath the arrow. She finished 33rd in London.

Both Christine’s father, Goran, and uncle, Gert, were also Olympic archers.

Sweden’s Olympic silver medallists were both men: Gunnar Jervill in 1972 and Magnus Petersson in 1996.

Target: Second round – women


Athletes: Yasemin Anagoz (woman), Mete Gazoz (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: Turkey has sent archers to the Games since 1984. The nation’s best result came courtesy Elif Altinkaynak, who finished fourth at Atlanta 1996.

Anagoz and Gazoz might be Turkey’s best chance of a high finish since then.

Gazoz was runner-up at the European Archery Championships in 2016, was a Youth Olympic in 2014 and shot a career-high 678 in the lead-up to the Olympics. Anagoz is ranked 54th in the world, won the European continental qualifier – and in world ranking competition, has never lost a match if it’s gone to a tiebreaker.

The best bit about this pair is that – since both are just 17 years old – Rio is unlikely to be their last Games.

Target: Top eight – men, top 16 – women


Athletes: Anastasia PavlovaLidiia SichenikovaVeronika Marchenko(women); Viktor Ruban (man)

Olympic record: 4 medals – 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze

Intel: Veteran coach Viktor Sidoruk has one last shot at getting the women’s medal he needs to complete his collection – with a team that’s fresh off a European title win.

The only proven gold-medal winner on the squad, though, is Beijing 2008 Olympic Champion Viktor Ruban, in Rio for his fourth Games in a row. (He also has a team bronze from Athens 2004.)

Through three Games, Ruban’s average finish is 7th – and he’s never failed to make the last 16.


Number of athletes: 7

Number of nations: 3

Number of first-time nations: 0


Australia has the strongest pedigree of all Oceanic nations – and has four athletes competing in Rio, up from one in 2012. The team hasn’t medalled in quite some time, but has the potential to do so.

Two of the three have shot 680+ for the ranking round, and the third hasn’t been far off.


Fijian Robert Elder has a third shot at an Olympic campaign, having competed in Athens and London already. He’s still searching for his first match win. After nearly pulling it off against the number two seed in 2012 – can he go that one arrow further, and that’s all he needed, this time around?


A nation-by-nation run-down of the continent’s athletes, history and a target, which – if achieved – would mean a really successful archery competition in Rio. Medal count is taken from the modern era, post-1972.


Athletes: Alice Ingley (woman); Alec PottsTaylor WorthRyan Tyack(men)

Olympic record: 2 medals – 1 gold, 1 bronze

Intel: In 2000 at Australia’s home Games in Sydney, Simon Fairweather captured the moment – and the men’s individual gold medal. Four years later, Tim Cuddihy bagged bronze in Athens.

Since then, it was Worth’s performance in London that’s come closest to the podium. He made the last 16 before losing to eventual bronze medallist Dai Xiaoxiang.

Back for a second crack at the Olympics, with first-timers Potts and Tyack, Worth leads an Australian men’s team that’s ranked just 19th in the world – but consists of three archers who have all had individual success.

Ingley would need to make the second round to be the most successful Australian female Olympic archer since 2004. To be the nation’s best-ever, she’d need to threaten Terene Donovan’s ninth spot, achieved back in 1972.

Target: Top four – men, second round – women


Athletes: Robert Elder (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Intel: A three-time Olympian with Rio on the books, Elder finished 48th in 2004 and lost in the first round in 2012. But he did put up one of the most memorable fights of the tournament in London.

Shooting against second-seed Kim Bubmin, Elder was 4-0 down before clawing back to level, at 4-4. He needed a 10 to win with his final arrow – and the British crowd (which loves an underdog) was behind him – but he could only manage a six.

No other Fijian has ever competed in archery at the Games.

Target: Second round – men


Athletes: Lusi Tatafu (woman), Arne Jensen (man)

Olympic record: 0 medals

Youth Olympian Lusi and 18-year-old Arne make up over a quarter of the Tongan delegation in Rio. The pair also mark Tonga’s return to the archery competition at the Games after a 12 year hiatus.

Target: 630+ on ranking round