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Bow International Issue 144

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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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the long road ahead

This issue was supposed to be the grand Olympics special, and your esteemed editor was supposed to be there, and then fly home, typing furiously, to produce an issue within an incredibly short deadline – it was all planned out perfectly. Of course, that isn't happening now until next year – fingers crossed. As Bow goes to press, it has been just a fraction over four years since the archery finished in Rio, a great competition held right in the middle of one of Rio's tougher neighbourhoods. (During the Paralympics in Rio, an uneasy truce amongst the gangsters who ran the three large favelas on the hills surrounding the Sambodromo apparently collapsed, and you could hear gunshots almost every single night – not something you normally associate with Olympic venues). It is…

3 min.
bow news

THIRD FEMALE ARCHER CRACKS 1400 BARRIER Korean teenager An San has become the third recurve woman in history to shoot 1400 points on the WA1440 round, formally known as a 'full FITA', at a competition in Yecheon in July. She joins Park Sung-Hyun, who shot 1405 in 2004, and Ryoo Su Jung, who hit 1400 at an event in July 2019, as the only recurve archers to have achieved the score. An San is regarded as one of the more promising young talents of the current Korean crop of archers, is ranked fifth in the world, and finished the last Olympic selection held by the KAA in third spot. At the same competition, world number one Kang Chae Young shot a world record of 354 points for 36 arrows at 60 metres, one…

5 min.
covid-19: what's next for clubs?

In the last issue of Bow International, we looked at the impacts of the pandemic on elite athletes, coaches and dealers. Another key aspect of the archery landscape is clubs, the primary driver of the sport, especially in the UK. One of the luckier aspects of 'our thing', certainly compared to several other sports, and the leisure and entertainment sector, is that we can fundamentally practice our sport with social distancing in place. Obviously, many changes have to be made, to comply with general government guidelines, but it's clear that archery can work with the situation - especially outdoors. Needless to say, the situation is more complicated than that, because clubs need revenue to survive, and that only comes from archers. It seems that many archers have not yet returned to club…

4 min.
how to win the olympics: jay barrs

Jay Barrs, the 1988 Olympic Champion in Seoul was the last champion to win shooting against the field. The 1988 Olympics was the last Games before the introduction of head-to-head elimination matches. The Games were very different to they are today, each archer shot a full 1440 round, followed by a 'Grand FITA' elimination round. Jay Barrs took the win over Korea’s Park Sung-Soo, by two points, 338-336. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE AN OLYMPIC CHAMPION? It’s never going to be a simple answer, it takes years and years of hard work, dedication and hard decisions to make it. Even then it is not a given. Jay Barrs grew up in a family of archers. Whilst living in Florida, there were tournaments pretty much every weekend, so from a young age, Jay…

8 min.
mongolian archery: from the stone age to nadaam

Every year, a major festival called Naadam in Mongolia celebrates the "three games of men", the manly pursuits of archery, wrestling and horse racing. At this year's competition, I spoke to Luvsannorov Munkh, experimental archaeologist, Mongol bow researcher, and archer who detailed the Mongolian archery tradition that continues to today, most notably with standing competitions held during Naadam Festival each summer and horseback competitions in which the world is invited to compete. He gave me a fascinating insight into the world of Mongolian traditional archery; still driven today by legends of the past. FROM THE STONE AGE TO THE INVASION OF EUROPE As an archeologist and employee of the national museum, Luvsannorov Munkh was well versed in the entire history and development of Mongolian archery. He claimed that stone arrow heads have…

1 min.
horse archery

The average height of a US quarter horse is 14-16 hands (56-64 inches, 142 cm-162.5 cm). The average height of a Mongolian horse is 12-14 hands (48 to 56 inches, 122 to 142 cm). Although the Mongolian horses are considerably smaller than their American cousins, just like the soldiers and wrestlers of Genghis Kahn, they are hearty, powerful, and fearless. Bilguun an entrepreneur from Ulaanbaatar warned, “Mongolian horses are half-wild. They will test you.” Learning to ride a Mongolian horse is a very specific skill. The saddle contains a great deal of wood, or may even be made entirely of wood. Your whole foot does not go into the stirrup, for fear you will get trapped. So, only the toe of the boots should go in. The reins are held in…