Depending on where they finish, archers at each leg of the Indoor World Cup receive ranking points towards qualification for the series' final in Las Vegas, USA next February. With more than medals on the line in Singapore, some top seeds had tough days - but the two men's returning winners came prepared for the fight!
Albina LOGINOVA (RUS) and Erika JONES (USA) met in a compound women's final we have seen many times before! To get there, two-time world champion LOGINOVA beat Linda OCHOA from Mexico, who had qualified first and was having a very strong tournament. OCHOA faltered next to her experienced Russian opponent, settling for a 7-3 defeat.
JONES faced her friend and fellow Team USA member Christie COLIN in the semi-finals. COLIN managed to claim two set points but that was not enough to keep JONES from advancing to the gold medal final.
Both archers from the United States found their competitive groove in their respective finals. COLIN gave OCHOA little room: the Mexican athlete drew one set but lost the rest, and COLIN claimed bronze 7-1. In the gold final, LOGINOVA was completely shut out. JONES won three quick sets to start and finish the match, and take gold in Singapore.
After a relatively easy 1/8 elimination match, number one compound men's seed Mike SCHLOESSER (NED) came up against Logan WILDE. The American archer had just defeated Morgan LUNDIN (SWE) in a one-arrow shoot-off that needed measuring with callipers to find out whose arrow was closest to the middle!
The quarter-final match could have gone either way, as both archers fought hard until the end. WILDE prevailed, six set points to four. That put him into the semis, and into a match against Norway's Oddmund TJENTLAND which ended in another single-arrow shoot-off. Yet again, WILDE's arrow was closer, and he won himself a spot in the gold medal final. His opponent there: another WILDE!
Reo WILDE, Logan's older brother won the Singapore event in 2011 and 2012 - and had the chance at a third consecutive title. This year, he beat Julio FIERRO (MEX) 6-2 and fellow countryman Steve ANDERSON 6-4 on route to the final.
In the gold medal match, the WILDE brothers put on a show. Trading blows until the fifth and final deciding set, it was Reo who edged ahead and put the contest on ice. Six set points, to his brother's four - and another Singapore tournament gold medal in the bag. ANDERSON made it a USA 1-2-3 by beating TJENTLAND 6-2 in the bronze match.
As expected, Korean athletes dominated the recurve women's competition until the end. It should come as no surprise that they would contest both the bronze and gold medal matches, and an unchallenged clean sweep of the podium.
JEON Sung Eun beat KIM Min Jong in straight sets to take the gold medal. While in the bronze match, KIM Yu Mi - who defeated Deepika KUMARI of India earlier in the tournament - had little difficulty in relegating CHANG Hye Jin to a spectator during the medal ceremonies. KIM took the medal, 6-2.
The recurve men's eliminations were not short of surprises. United States archer Brady ELLISON cruised through his 1/8 match before he faced Tarundeep RAI from India. On something of a roll, RAI only let ELLISON have two set points on the way to knocking the decorated international athlete out of the tournament.
Last year's bronze medallist Denis GANKIN (KAZ) was RAI's next opponent. He did not seem to pose much of a threat, and RAI soon found himself preparing for a gold medal match against defending Singapore champion JC VALLADONT.
Frenchman VALLADONT disposed of Jake KAMINSKI (USA) first this morning. The pair met many times this year, and the outcome has been noticeably one-sided: VALLADONT seems to have the American archers' number. He then beat Atanu DAS in the semi-finals, who had just knocked out his more experienced Indian teammate Jayanta TALUKDAR by six set points to four in their quarter-final match-up.
RAI's hot streak came to a short, sharp end against VALLDONT. The French archer surrendered just two set points on his way to a second consecutive gold in Singapore. RAI took silver, and his Indian teammate claimed bronze: DAS beat GANKIN, seven set points to one.
For complete results from the second stage of the Indoor Archery World Cup in Singapore, visit the World Archery website at: www.worldarchery.org. The next and penultimate leg of the series is in Telford, UK on 24-26 January 2014.
World Archery Communication