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Bow International

Issue 139

Bow International is the world's only specialist target archery print magazine, and within each issue you'll find news and reviews, new gear, technique, advice and tips; plus exclusive interviews from the world's greatest archers.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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8 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
the arrow of time

Welcome to the first Bow International of the new decade. Of course, if you are more pedantic – or more precise, or both – you can argue that the new decade is actually going to start at the beginning of 2021. Good luck with that in the 'real' world. The ticking of the number invariably holds far more of a sway on the collective imagination. It is, of course, an Olympic year, and we will be starting the countdown right here in this issue. It is the very pinnacle of the global sport – and crucially, for the rest of the world. For most people on this planet it will be the only time they ever see archery on television, and clubs and national bodies alike must prepare for the bump…

1 min.
bow international

Editorial Editor: John Stanley Designer: Rebekka Hearl Senior Art Editor: Stephen Williams Contributors Mimi Landström, Günther Kuhr, Dr. James Park, Jan H. Sachers, John Stanley, Vanessa Lee, Kristina Dolgilevica, Naomi Folkard, Duncan Busby, Dean Alberga Cover image Dave Cousins, photographed by Dean Alberga Photography All copyrights and trademarks are recognised and respected Advertising Media packs are available on request Regional Advertising Director Mark Wright mark.wright@futurenet.com Advertising Manager Kirsty Reeves kirsty.reeves@futurenet.com International Bow International is available for licensing. Contact the international licensing director to discuss opportunities Matt Ellis matt.ellis@futurenet.com Subscriptions Email enquiries contact@myfavouritemagazines.co.uk UK orderline & enquiries 0344 848 2852 Overseas order line and enquiries +44 (0) 344 848 2852 Online orders & enquiries www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk Head of subscriptions Sharon Todd Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Manager Nola…

5 min.
bow news

ARCHERY'S OLYMPIC PROFILE INCREASES AT DAKAR GAMES 2022 The number of archers that will compete at the next Youth Olympic Games is set to increase by 50% to a total of 96. Held in Senegal, Dakar 2022 will be the first Olympic event to take place in Africa. 64 athletes competed at each of the first three editions of the YOG in Singapore, Nanjing and Buenos Aires. At Dakar 2022, 48 boys and 48 girls aged between 14 and 17 will compete in the archery events. Since the start of the Games in 2010, the archery programme has featured a mixed-nation mixed-team event. It partnered athletes from different countries according to their qualification scores. This will now become a standard mixed team competition in 2022 to go with the individual boys’ and girls’…

4 min.
tokyo 2020: 200 days to go

2 00 days to go. At least, that was the milestone on the 6th January, a couple of days before Bow went to press. The Olympic Games is the biggest dance of all for archery as a global sport, and this year's outing, on the euphemistically-named Dream Island Archery Field, looks set to raise the bar for the sport a little higher. Something that blighted the Rio 2016 Games was poor attendance. While the archery finals were busy, many sessions were barely a quarter-full in the cavernous Sambodromo – a level of attendance repeated across many other sports in a city that really didn't take the Games to its heart. The Paralympics in Rio, with lower ticket prices and slightly better weather, was actually far better attended than the Olympics itself. That…

7 min.
new year new gear

JANUARY: WHEN ARCHERY GETS SERIOUS If you're not gearing up specifically for a big indoor tournament, in which case it might be better to put it off for a while, then full kit maintenance is vital; parts wear down and spares get used. Taking stock of your equipment and getting all those niggling jobs done now will make sure you’re ready for the New Year ahead. More to the point, it's often the point where people seriously think about a big-ticket purchase. Only you can decide if you need a new bow – and let's face it, you're the most important person that needs convincing. We've round up the essential January gear and maintenance list for you right here. Some retailers offer deals right through the month, so it's a good time…

8 min.
12 compound tweaks

In recent years indoor archery has become about the pursuit for perfection; this indoor season alone has seen world records falling in the compound category. At the 2nd stage of the Indoor Archery Series in Luxembourg GB junior Ella Gibson broke the FITA 18 record of 596 in the qualification round, this was then beaten at the next stage of the tour by Sarah Prieels who increased it to 597. Dutch Pro Mike Schloesser scored another perfect 600 and is the first (but not the only archer) to accomplish a perfect ranking round in competition. Asked about his performance, he simply said “I think I shot two nines in the tournament, it’s an upgrade on the last competition (in Macau); I shot three nines there.” More and more archers are trying…