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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April 2004, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Beginner's guide to archery
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The Olympic archery competition will take place at the historic Panathinaiko Stadium, location of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

Built on the site of the ancient arena of 329 BC, it will provide a dramatic backdrop for one of the most ancient sports.

Competition takes place outdoors and is separated into four categories - individual and team events for both men and women.

Archers compete from a standing position, 70m away from the target, and aim to land their arrow in the central circle - the inner gold ring.

An arrow in the innermost circle is worth 10 points, and an arrow in the outermost circle counts for one, with those in between worth from two to nine points.

A one-day ranking round opens the competition and places archers from 1 to 64, depending on their score after six ends of 12 arrows each.

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The top 64 archers are then paired for a knockout tournament.

In the team event, three archers of the same nationality per team use the same ranking system to reach the last 64.

Equipment consists of a bow, arrow and target.

The bow has an aluminium riser - the central part of the bow where the grip is located - as well as two limbs, an adjustable sight and stabilisers and the all-important bow string.

The arrows are metal-tipped and made of carbon, with a shaft diameter of up to 9.3mm and of a variable length depending on the archer.

The target stands 1.3m off the ground and has a diameter of 1.22m, with each ring measuring 12.2cm wide and the innermost ring, the 10, 12.2cm in diameter.





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