Archery to award five gold medals at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The Olympic archery programme is to remain unchanged at five medal events for Paris 2024, following the approval of the sports line-up and athlete quotas for the event by the executive board of the International Olympic Committee.

Archery will award medals in men’s individual, women’s individual, men’s team, women’s team and mixed team competitions. (All archers at the Games compete in the recurve division.)

Paris will be the second consecutive Olympics to crown a mixed team champion after the pairs event makes its debut at the delayed Games in Tokyo next summer. Archery’s team medals have been awarded since 1988.

The athlete quota also remains the same at 128 in total and an equal gender split of 64 men and 64 women. This allocation has not changed since 1996.

Archery’s five events in Paris will culminate with the awarding of the sport’s 50th Olympic gold since it became a permanent fixture on the modern Olympic programme in 1972.

The qualification procedures for the archery competitions at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are expected to be published in early 2022. This process typically begins at the World Archery Championships immediately preceding the Games, which are due to be held in Berlin, Germany in 2023.

Athletes are currently still battling for quota places at Tokyo 2020, following the delay of the Games and international competition hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of writing, archery has awarded 87 quota places to National Olympic Committees, leaving just 41 spots – including four universality invitations – yet to be assigned.

Korea is the sport’s most successful nation at the Olympic Games, having won 23 of 40 available gold medals and accrued 39 podiums since 1972. The country won an historic four golds for the first time at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where Ku Bonchan and Chang Hye Jin took the individual titles.

The Korean recurve women’s team has won all eight available golds and is unbeaten at the Olympics.

Athletes representing 56 countries competed in the archery events at Rio 2016, which is the highest number of nations to date (and one more than London 2012), while more than 330 million people watched the competition on television worldwide.

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