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Medal record

John Chester Williams
Men's Archery
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1972 Munich Individual

John Chester Williams (born September 12, 1953) is an archer from the United States, who was born in Cranesville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Northwestern High School. After winning the 1971 world title, he won the gold medal in the men's individual achery competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. It was the first Olympic archery medal in 52 years. He was coached by Clarence Fowkes. He wrote the book Archery for Beginners.

Mr. Fowkes was a hunter who took up archery in 1947. A field artillery shell blast while he served in the Army three years earlier had damaged his ears, making firing guns painful, so he took up the bow instead.

He would go on to coach archery in 14 countries, guide the U.S. team through the infamous 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, coach several U.S. national archery champions, and design his own bows, crossbows and sights.

In 2003, the National Archery Association issued him its J. Maurice Thompson award, named after the body's founder, for outstanding and meritorious service to the sport. Northwestern High School has a plaque in the lobby honoring him.



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