London 2012 Olympics – Games

ArcheryNaomi Folkard of Great Britain competes in the women's individual archery in Beijing, 2008

Key facts:
Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground
Dates: Friday 27 July – Friday 3 August
Medal events: 4
Athletes: 128 (64 men, 64 women)

Archery dates back around 10,000 years ago when bows and arrows were first used as hunting and warfare weapons before it developed in to a competitive activity in medieval England. A tense and testing sport which requires immense reserves of skill and nerve. Archery is now practised in more than 140 countries all around the world.

Did you know?
1) In the 14th century, archery was considered so important to the defence of the nation that an English law made it compulsory for every man aged between seven and 60.
2)At the Athens 2004 Games, archers competed in the Panathinaiko Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896.The Stadium was built in on the ruins of an ancient stadium built in 329 BC.
3)The coverage of the Atlanta 1996 Games won the ‘Golden Rings Award’ from the IOC for the best Olympic sports coverage.
4)Hollywood actress Geena Davis took part in US trials for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Archery team.
5)The first known Archery competition was organised in Finsbury, London, in 1583. It attracted 3,000 participants.

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