Archery as an Olympic event was first held at the Paris 1900 Games, but the sport did not feature consistently as an event until the Munich 1972 Games.

Olympic archery is a subset of target archery governed by a specific set of rules. Target archery using a recurve bow is the only style of archery permitted at the Olympics. Compound bows are not used in Olympic events.

Targets are placed 70m distance from the shooting line. The target face is 122cm in diameter. Accuracy and precision is important in Olympic archery because it is scored to the millimetre.

Simon Fairweather was the first Australian to win an Olympic Gold Medal in archery, and he did it on Australian soil at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. What an inspiration!

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