Men and women each compete in separate individual and team events. A ranking round of 72 arrows determines the seeding for both events. It is followed by the Olympic Round in which athletes or teams face off in a single elimination bracket tournament.
Each individual match is best-of-five sets of three arrows. After each set of three arrows, the archer with the highest score earns two points. If a set is scored as a tie, each archer receives one point. The first archer to reach six points wins the match. If a match is tied at five, each archer shoots one arrow to see who can get closest to the centre for the win.
Each team has three archers. Every team match consists of a maximum four sets in which each archer on each team shoots two arrows. There is a time limit of two minutes for all six arrows to be shot by a team. Only one archer can shoot at a time. The team with the highest total score after a set earns two points. The first team to reach five points wins the match.
Canada’s Olympic History (Pre-Rio 2016)
Canada has not yet won an Olympic medal in archery. The country’s best result came at Montreal 1976 where Lucille Lemay finished fifth in the women’s individual event. The top men’s result was Donald Jackson’s sixth place finish at Munich 1972.