Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Longest bow and arrow shot - world record
set by Zak Crawford
UK -- Zak Crawford, 14, who dreamed of being Robin
Hood, shot an arrow nearly 500 metres — equal to the length
football pitches — using a recurve bow, in the senior under-35lb
class, at the Northern Counties Flight Championships - setting
the new world record for the Longest
bow and arrow shot.
He broke the previous world record of 350
metres in senior category by using a recurve bow in the championship.
He also broke world records in the junior recurve
and junior compound categories at the competition at RAF Church
Fenton in Yorkshire.
Flight archery is all about shooting an
arrow the longest distance. Record
breaker teenager Crawford, who enjoyed watching Robin
Hood films as a child, took up archery at the age of six after
trying it at a fair.
Crawford said he was “over the moon” at winning the
hat-trick of world records. “I have been practising really
hard but I certainly didn’t expect to come away from the competition
with three world records, I’m over the moon,” the youngster
“I managed to get the technique right on the
day and I couldn’t believe it when the arrows went so far,”
Zak, who enjoyed watching Robin Hood films
as a child, took up archery at the age of six after trying
it at a fair. He became the youngest member of his local club
and got into the county team.
He started with target shooting but
was later introduced to Flight Archery, which is based on
the distance an arrow travels. Flight Archery is the oldest
type of archery which does not involve a target. It is also
referred to as the Formula 1 of the sport.
"When I first began I was the youngest in
my club and I found it very difficult as I was quite small
and the bow was heavy," said Zak, from Corby, Northants.
"But I really enjoyed archery and began training
a lot so I soon got used to it," said Zak who undertakes extensive
three-hour training at Welland
Valley Archery Club every night, firing as many as
1,000 arrows each session.
Crawford said he didn’t believe to
push the arrows so far. He is keen to break his own record
at sometime soon. “I want to try and get past 600 metres -
that will be a really hard target to break and will take a
lot of work but I'll go for it,” he added.
His grandfather Charles Wilson, who lives
nearby in Corby and also does Flight Archery said he was very
proud. 'He did brilliantly well. He totally destroyed the
record,' he said.
Though Flight Archery is not an Olympic
sport, Zak hopes to try for the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro
in target shooting and is looking for sponsorship.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010