posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 08:17 PM
OK, I was watching the men's archery earlier today (replay of course) and noticed that the second set of archers were both Americans. The winner of
the event would head to the quarterfinals and one of the Americans had to defeat the third American archer to get to the round of 16. That means that
the way the elimination bracket round were set up, only one American could possibly get a medal and at least one American would have to be eliminated
by another American. As it was, both of the Americans eliminated, were beaten by another American.
I thought it was a bit odd and went digging some. My results were that it did not happen often, but often enough to take notice of. Brazil also had
to face themselves early on in elimination in archery, and both China and Russia did so in fencing. There are probably more examples, but none on my
What are your thoughts ATS?
1st - How are the elimination rounds set up? i.e.~is it completely random (drawing name from hat etc...), or done off some type of scoring method?
2nd - Is there a way to override the round set up where one nation does not eliminate all of its own athletes early on in the tourneys?