DARYL LEEWORTHY

Daryl Leeworthy teaches history at the University of Huddersfield. He is the author of the book Fields of Play: The Sporting Heritage of Wales. He is also a fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities. You can follow him on Twitter at @DrLeeworthy

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SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
For over 200 years, Japanese archers competed in a contest called toshiya (clearing arrows). Instead of hitting a target, archers had to shoot as many arrows as possible along a 120-meter veranda without hitting the roof, pillars, or floor. The all-time record was set in 1686 by an archer who cleared 8133 out of 13,053 total arrows over 24 hours: a rate of six arrows per minute.
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