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Archery field in Tokyo completed Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, the venue for the archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was officially opened on Sunday 28 April 2019. At the ceremony, Hiroshi Yamamoto, a silver medalist at Athens 2004 and a bronze medallist at Los Angeles 1984, fired the ceremonial first arrow. The archery ground, costing around £6million, has 21 shooting lanes, making it the largest archery ground in the country. It is the first venue built specifically for Tokyo 2020 to be completed – the majority of Games venues are refurbishments of existing
facilities. The shooting line area is concrete with a special coating designed to reduce the heat buildup. The venue was built by the local Tokyo metropolitan government, rather than the Games organising committee, and will remain as a permanent archery field. The finals venue next door is a temporary construction for the Games and is yet to be built. World Archery president Prof. Dr. Ugur Erdener attended the ceremony, and said afterwards: “Yumenoshima Park Archery Field is the dream destination for many of our hard-working athletes around the world. In
just over one year’s time, the 128 archers in Tokyo will compete here for five gold medals for the first time in Olympic competition,” said Prof. Dr. Erdener. The venue is also set to host the Games test event from 12 to 18 July, which will see many of the world's recurve elite in Tokyo. The full schedule for all events at the Tokyo Games has now been released, and the archery events – along with spectator ticket information – is available here: https://archy. re/t2020gamesschedule Thanks to Phil Knall for the image
World and European records fall Italy’s Alberto Simonelli scored 707 out of a possible 720 points for the 72-arrow 50-metre ranking round to raise his own compound men’s open world record by one at the Fazza para archery world ranking tournament in Dubai, UAE. The 51-year-old was runner-up at the last Paralympic Games, and had held the record at 706 points since late-2015. “I didn’t expect to arrive in Dubai with the intent of shooting a new record, but I was aware of how I was doing and found myself at ease on this shooting field,” he said. “I shot with serenity and was relaxed, and this
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score was the result.” Simonelli (pictured) will attempt to qualify for his fourth consecutive Paralympics this year, after finishing with individual silver medals in both 2008 and 2016. In recurve competition, Turkey's Mete Gazoz scored 698 out of a possible 720 points for the 72-arrow 70-metre ranking round at the opening European Grand Prix of the year in Bucharest, to set a new European record with one of the highest qualification scores in history. The score comes just five days after Sjef van den Berg became the first European archer to break the 690 barrier.
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