World Archery Championships
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Statusactive
Genresporting event
Date(s)varying
Frequencyannual
Countryvarying
Inaugurated1931 (1931)

The World Archery Championships are a series of competitions in Archery organised by the World Archery Federation (WA). The first competition held under that title took place in 1931.

Competition archery takes a wide variety of formats, but the title World Championships is commonly reserved for the following three events:[1]

  1. Outdoor World Championships in target Archery
  2. Indoor World Championships in target Archery
  3. World Championships in field Archery.

Of these, the Outdoor World Championships in target Archery is most commonly referred to as simply the 'World Archery Championships', and the winners most commonly referred to as simply "world champions". Events in those outdoor championships are held involving fixed targets at set distances, using a variety of bows, the recurve bow from 1931 and the compound bow since 1995.

Although less widely recognised, World Championship events are also held in Youth archery (outdoor only - field and indoor youth events are held alongside the senior championships), Para-archery, University archery and 3D archery. A ski archery World Championships was last held in 2007, but is not part of the current rotation.[2] Following the accession of archery to permanent sports at the Summer Universiade, the university world championships will also cease to be part of the World Archery Championships rotation in 2014.[2]

World Archery Championships Events

See also: World Archery Federation

Number Events First Last
1 World Outdoor Target Championships 1931 2023 (52nd)
2 World Indoor Target Championships 1991 2018 (14th)
3 World Field Archery Championships 1969 2022 (27th)
4 World 3D Archery Championships 2003 2022 (10th)
5 World Ski Archery Championships 1999 2017 (10th)
6 World Para Archery Championships 1998 2022 (13th)
7 World Youth Archery Championships 1991 2021 (17th)
8 World University Archery Championships 1996 2016 (11th)

And for the divisions as defined in their respective chapters:

Despite the above provision, a World Championship does not have to be awarded if the executive board determines it is not appropriate.[3][4]

Outdoor

See also: List of World Championships medalists in archery

Number Year Location Events
1 1931 Poland Lwów 2
2 1932 Poland Warsaw 2
3 1933 United Kingdom London 4
4 1934 Sweden Båstad 4
5 1935 Belgium Brussels 4
6 1936 Czechoslovakia Prague 4
7 1937 France Paris 4
8 1938 United Kingdom London 4
9 1939 Norway Oslo 4
10 1946 Sweden Stockholm 4
11 1947 Czechoslovakia Prague 4
12 1948 United Kingdom London 4
13 1949 France Paris 4
14 1950 Denmark Copenhagen 4
15 1952 Belgium Brussels 4
16 1954 Norway Oslo 4
17 1955 Finland Helsinki 4
18 1957 Czechoslovakia Prague 4
19 1958 Belgium Brussels 4
20 1959 Sweden Stockholm 4
21 1961 Norway Oslo 4
22 1963 Finland Helsinki 4
23 1965 Sweden Västerås 4
24 1967 Netherlands Amersfoort 4
25 1969 United States Valley Forge 4
26 1971 United Kingdom York 4
27 1973 France Grenoble 4
28 1975 Switzerland Interlaken 4
29 1977 Australia Canberra 4
30 1979 West Germany West Berlin 4
31 1981 Italy Punta Ala 4
32 1983 United States Los Angeles 4
33 1985 South Korea Seoul 4
34 1987 Australia Adelaide 4
35 1989 Switzerland Lausanne 4
36 1991 Poland Kraków 4
37 1993 Turkey Antalya 4
38 1995 Indonesia Jakarta 8
39 1997 Canada Victoria 8
40 1999 France Riom 8
41 2001 China Beijing 8
42 2003 United States New York 8
43 2005 Spain Madrid 8
44 2007 Germany Leipzig 8
45 2009 South Korea Ulsan 8
46 2011 Italy Turin 10
47 2013 Turkey Antalya 10
48 2015 Denmark Copenhagen 10
49 2017 Mexico Mexico City 10
50 2019 Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch 10
51 2021 United States Yankton 10
52 2023 Germany Berlin 10
53 2025 South Korea Gwangju[5][6]

All-time medal table (1931–2023)

Updated after the 2023 World Archery Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 South Korea662627119
2 United States653934138
3 Sweden19222364
4 Poland18161246
5 Soviet Union149427
6 Great Britain11192656
7 Italy119929
8 France9161641
9 Denmark713929
10 Czechoslovakia75921
11 Russia75618
12 Finland6121028
13 Belgium59923
14 Colombia5139
15 Chinese Taipei46717
16 India39315
17 Canada33612
18 China32712
19 Germany27413
20 Australia22913
21 Netherlands18716
22 Turkey1438
23 Norway1416
24 West Germany1315
25 Ukraine1247
26 Hungary1113
27 Iran1102
28 Austria1012
 Slovenia1012
30 Chile1001
 Czech Republic1001
 Moldova1001
33 Mexico08210
34 Japan05611
35 South Africa0358
36 Brazil0112
 North Korea0112
38 Belarus0101
 Croatia0101
 Georgia0101
 Malaysia0101
Russian Archery Federation0101
 Spain0101
44 Bangladesh0011
 El Salvador0011
 Estonia0011
 Indonesia0011
 Kazakhstan0011
 Luxembourg0011
 New Zealand0011
 Venezuela0011
Totals (51 entries)279277275831

Indoor

Main article: World Indoor Archery Championships

Number Year Location Events
1 1991 Finland Oulu 4
2 1993 France Perpignan 4
3 1995 United Kingdom Birmingham 8
4 1997 Turkey Istanbul 8
5 1999 Cuba Havana 8
6 2001 Italy Florence 8
7 2003 France Nîmes 8
8 2005 Denmark Aalborg 8
9 2007 Turkey Izmir 16
10 2009 Poland Rzeszów 16
11 2012 United States Las Vegas 16
12 2014 France Nîmes 16
13 2016 Turkey Ankara 16
14 2018 United States Yankton 16

Para

Main article: World Para Archery Championship

Number Year Location Events
1 1998 United Kingdom Stoke Mandeville
2 1999 New Zealand Christchurch
3 2001 Czech Republic Nymburk
4 2003 Spain Madrid
5 2005 Italy Massa Carrara
6 2007 South Korea Cheongju
7 2009 Czech Republic Nymburk
8 2011 Italy Turin
9 2013 Thailand Bangkok
10 2015 Germany Donaueslign
11 2017 China Beijing
12 2019 Netherlands Hertogenbosch
13 2022 United Arab Emirates Dubai 16
13 2023 Czech Republic Plzeň 17

Youth

Main article: World Youth Archery Championships

Number Year Location Events
1 1991 Norway Sandefjord
2 1993 France Moliets
3 1994 Italy Roncegno
4 1996 United States Chula Vista
5 1998 Sweden Sunne
6 2000 France Belfort
7 2002 Czech Republic Nymburk
8 2004 England Lilleshall
9 2006 Mexico Mérida
10 2008 Turkey Antalya
11 2009 United States Ogden
12 2011 Poland Legnica
13 2013 China Wuxi 20
14 2015 United States Yankton 20
15 2017 Argentina Rosario 20
16 2019 Spain Madrid 20
17 2021 Poland Wroclaw 20
18 2023 Republic of Ireland Limerick 20
19 2025 Canada Winnepeg[7] 20

Field

Main article: World Field Archery Championships

Number Year Location Events
1 1969 United States Valley Forge
2 1971 United Kingdom Cardiff
3 1972 Italy Gorizia
4 1974 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb
5 1976 Sweden Mölndal
6 1978 Switzerland Geneva
7 1980 New Zealand Palmerston North
8 1982 United Kingdom Kingsclere
9 1984 Finland Hyvinkää
10 1986 Austria Radstadt
11 1988 Italy Bolzano
12 1990 Norway Loen
13 1992 Netherlands Margraten
14 1994 France Vertus
15 1996 Slovenia Kranjska Gora
16 1998 Austria Obergurgl
17 2000 Italy Cortina
18 2002 Australia Canberra
19 2004 Croatia Plitvice
20 2006 Sweden Gothenburg
21 2008 United Kingdom Llwynypia
22 2010 Hungary Visegrád
23 2012 France Val d'Isère
24 2014 Croatia Zagreb
25 2016 Republic of Ireland Dublin
26 2018 Italy Cortina
27 2021 United States Yankton

3D

Main article: World 3D Archery Championships

Number Year Location Events
1 2003 France Sully-sur-Loire 8
2 2005 Italy Genoa 8
3 2007 Hungary Sopron 10
4 2009 Italy Latina 10
5 2011 Austria Donnersbach 10
6 2013 Italy Sassari 10
7 2015 Italy Terni 10
8 2017 France Avignon 10
9 2019 Canada Lac la Biche 10
10 2022 Italy Terni 14

Ski Archery

The eighth Ski Archery World Championships held in Moscow in Russia in 2013.[8]

Number Year Location Events
1 1999 France -
2 2000 Poland -
3 2001 Italy -
4 2005
5 2007
6 2009
7 2011
8 2013 Russia Moscow
9 2015
10 2017

University

Number Year Location Events
1 1996 France Vaulx-en-Velin
2 1998 Taoyuan
3 2000 Spain Madrid
4 2002 Thailand Chonburi
5 2004 Spain Madrid
6 2006 Slovakia Viničné
7 2008 Tainan
8 2010 China Shenzhen
9 2012 Spain Córdoba
10 2014 Poland Legnica
11 2016 Mongolia Ulaanbaatar

See also

References

  1. ^ "World Championships". WorldArchery.org. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Search". World Archery. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  3. ^ https://rulebook.worldarchery.org/PDF/Official/2019-04-01/EN-Book2.pdf Archived 14 June 2019 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Rulebook | World Archery".
  5. ^ "광주, 2025년 세계양궁선수권대회 개최지로 선정".
  6. ^ "Korea to host World Archery Championships in 2025".
  7. ^ "Korea to host World Archery Championships in 2025".
  8. ^ "Ski Archery World Championships starting today in Moscow". Worldarchery/org. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2017.