Archery first appeared in the Olympic Games in 1900 and was contested again in 1904, 1908, and 1920. Women competed in the 1904 Olympics, making archery one of the first sports to include women.
In those four Games it was possible for an athlete to compete in numerous events and win several medals. Hubert van Innis from Belgium is the most decorated archer in Olympic history to date, winning six gold medals and three silvers in 1900 and 1920.
World Archery events range from the international to national, from multi-nationality to localised. All are run to the same (or similar) set of rules, and all feature archers performing, and competing, at their highest level. International events are awarded to bid cities, coordinated and managed by World Archery directly, world ranking events are coordinated by its continental associations and world record status by its national member associations.