For the individual events in the Olympics, there is a ranking round followed by the FITA Olympics round. In the ranking round, the archers shoot 72 arrows at a target 70 meters (229 feet, 8 inches) away in 12 ends of six arrows each. 720 is the perfect score. The FITA Olympic round is divided into the elimination round and the finals round. The 64 competitors are seeded from the ranking round and advance to die elimination round.
It is a single-elimination, head-to-head style of competition. Six ends of three arrows for a total of 18 are shot at a target 70 meters away with a 40-sccond time limit per arrow. Winners of every match move on to the next round. There are eight archers in the finals. The round begins with the quarterfinals and continues with the semi-finals and final.
In the semi-final and final rounds, archers shoot four ends of three arrows each – for a total of 12 with a 40-second time limit per arrow The losers of the semi-finals shoot in die bronze medal match and the two winners shoot in die gold medal final. A tie is broken with ‘sudden death’ overtime.
Each archer shoots one arrow and the highest score wins. If tied, a second arrow is shot for highest score. If still tied, a single closest-to- the-centre arrow determines the winner. Archers have 50 seconds to shoot each tie-breaking arrow.