The ranking round is used to rank the athletes from one to 64. The athletes then shoot in a head-to-head elimination format, shooting in pairs: the number one athlete against the athlete ranked 64th, second against 63rd and so on. The competition is the best of five sets, with each athlete shooting three arrows per set.
Athletes score two points for winning the set and one point for a draw. The first athlete to six points wins the match.
If a match is tied, a single-arrow shoot-off is held – the nearest to the centre of the target wins.
At the end of the knockout stage the winners of the semi-final matches compete in the gold-medal match and the remaining two athletes compete in the bronze-medal match.
For more information, please refer to the World Archery Federation (WA) website.