Psarra most-capped Olympian archer for second straight Games

Evangelia Psarra shoots at the final qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

For the second consecutive Olympic Games, Greece’s Evangelia Psarra is the most experienced archer on the field.

At Rio 2016, she was the only athlete at their fifth Games. In Tokyo, she joins the exclusive club of archers who have shot at six, becoming the fourth member alongside Ilario di Buo, Natalia Valeeva and Alison Williamson.

Two archers, Great Britain’s Naomi Folkard and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Takaharu Furukawa of host Japan, collect their fifth here.

A further four are at their fourth, 13 at their third and 38 are at their second Olympics.

The remaining 70 archers will make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo.

Archery at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games features 128 athletes, 64 men and 64 women.

Between them, they’ve accrued a combined 315 entries to world championships and 1634 appearances on the annual Hyundai Archery World Cup circuit.

Brady Ellison is the most capped athlete in Tokyo with seven world championships, 59 Hyundai Archery World Cup stages or Finals and this being his fourth Olympic Games.

He also has the highest qualifying score of all archers at 702 out of a possible 720 points, the current recurve men’s world record.

Korean rising star An San has the highest match-win percentage, though, at 85.7%. (Excluding those with less than 10 matches in the database.)

The indomitable Kim Woojin has the highest career average score with 9.48 points per arrow to sit alongside those two World Archery Champion titles in 2011 and 2015.

His teammate Kim Je Deok, at 17 years old, is the youngest archer in Tokyo.

The eldest is not Psarra, who is 47, but Polish 52-year-old Slawomir Naploszek, who is competing at his second Olympics in Japan – nearly 30 years after his debut at the Games.

He was aged only 23 when he shot at Barcelona 1992, where he finished 54th.