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Archery at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Women's Double National Round

Archery at the 1908 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 17, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908
Format: 48 arrows shot at 60 yards (54.9 metres) and 24 arrows shot at 50 yards (45.7 metres) on each day (144 arrows in all).

Gold: GBR Sybil Newall
Silver: GBR Lottie Dod
Bronze: GBR Beatrice Hill-Lowe

Summary

Lottie Dod took the lead on the first day with a score of 348 points and 66 hits, with Queenie Newall trailing, scoring 338 despite hitting the same number of targets. Nobody else was really close. On Saturday, the 18th, Queenie Newall scored well, leading the archers that day with 350 points but by a slim margin, as Beatrice Hill-Lowe was 2nd on the day with 343. Lottie Dod collapsed completely on the second day, scoring only 294, which trailed five other archers.

Sybil Fenton "Queenie" Newall's victory still allows her the claim of being the oldest woman to win an Olympic medal or gold medal - she was 4 months short of her 54th birthday during the archery event. Newall won the British championship in archery in both 1911 and 1912 but she was far from the top female shooter of the era. That honor falls to Alice Legh, the greatest British archer ever, who won 23 national championships between 1886 and 1922. Legh elected not to compete at the Olympic event, which she almost certainly would have won. The following week at Oxford, she defeated Newall by 151 points.

The runner-up, Lottie Dod, who was the sister of the men's 1908 Olympic champion William Dod, never won a British title in archery. But she is certainly the greatest all-around British sportswoman. She remains the youngest ever champion at Wimbledon, having won the ladies' singles in 1887 aged only 15. It was her first of five Wimbledon singles' titles, but she retired from tennis in 1893 and turned to other sports. She played hockey (field) for England in 1899-1900 and in golf, won the British Ladies' Amateur Championship in 1904, after reaching the semi-finals in 1898 and 1899.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS TH G
1 Sybil Newall 53 Great Britain GBR Gold 688 132 23
2 Lottie Dod 36 Great Britain GBR Silver 642 126 16
3 Beatrice Hill-Lowe 40 Great Britain GBR Bronze 618 118 15
4 Jessie Wadworth Great Britain GBR 605 123 13
5 Dora Honnywill 37 Great Britain GBR 587 123 10
6 Ethel Armitage Great Britain GBR 582 112 13
7 Mrs. C. Priestley Foster Great Britain GBR 553 117 9
8 Lillian Wilson Great Britain GBR 534 112 8
9 Brenda Wadworth Great Britain GBR 522 122 3
10 Adelaide Boddam-Whetham 47 Great Britain GBR 510 114 11
11 Gertrude Appleyard 43 Great Britain GBR 503 107 9
11 Louisa Nott-Bower Great Britain GBR 503 109 11
13 Mrs. Norman Robertson Great Britain GBR 500 112 8
14 Margaret Weedon Great Britain GBR 498 104 10
15 Albertine Thackwell 44 Great Britain GBR 484 104 11
16 Doris Day Great Britain GBR 483 109 7
17 Katherine Mudge 26 Great Britain GBR 465 111 8
18 Mrs. S. C. Babington Great Britain GBR 451 103 9
19 Mrs. Christopher Cadman Great Britain GBR 427 107 3
20 Martina Hyde Great Britain GBR 419 103 8
21 Sarah Leonard Great Britain GBR 410 92 8
22 Ina Wood Great Britain GBR 387 93 4
23 J. Vance Great Britain GBR 385 95 7
24 Mrs. H. Rushton Great Britain GBR 323 89 6
25 Hilda Williams Great Britain GBR 316 82 4