16-year-old barebow Hicks breaks 25-metre world record with 573

Ollie Hicks shoots 573 in Guildford.

Ollie Hicks, who’s just 16 years old, has broken the barebow men’s world record for the 60-arrow 25-metre round, subject to ratification, after shooting 573 out of a possible 600 points.

The youngster posted back-to-back scores of 570 and 573 at a domestic event in Guildford on 15 January, both above John Demmer III’s previous mark of 568.

“What a start to 2023,” wrote Hicks on his Facebook page, before stating that both results were personal bests.

“Looking forward to seeing where my shooting takes me in 2023.”

This is not the first senior record Hicks has broken. Ollie currently owns the barebow men’s world record for the 72-arrow 50-metre qualifying round, having shot 673 in September last year.

He made his senior international debut for Great Britain at the European indoors in early 2022, finishing with an individual silver. 

Hicks also came 11th at the Rinehart World Archery 3D Championships in Terni at the end of the season.