Archery at the 2004 Summer Olympics
was held at Panathinaiko Stadium
with ranking rounds on 12 August and regular competition held from 15 August to 21 August. One hundred twenty-eight archers from forty-three nations competed in the four gold medal
events—individual and team events for men and for women—that were contested at these games.
The stadium, often called Kallimarmaro, is notable as the site of the first Olympic Games
and even earlier, where the Ancient Greeks' Panathenean Games
were hosted. At the behest of James Easton, president of the International Archery Federation
, archery events were held in the historic stadium, hoping that its history and natural beauty would attract the public to the sport. Laurence Godfrey
, the fourth-place finisher in the men's individual event, remarked that the stadium inspired pride, while American Vic Wunderle
spoke for most of the archers in saying, "It's a great honor and a privilege to be able to compete inside the 1896 Olympic Stadium."
The Korean team
won three out of the four gold medals contested. Four Olympic records
and several other world records
were broken at these games
, despite poor weather conditions during the preliminary rounds of competition.
Qualification and format
There were four ways for National... Read More