The top sixteen archers in each category won points on a day that saw plenty of one-arrow shoot-offs decide podium orders.
Rick VAN DER VEN cruised through the recurve men’s eliminations, winning each of his matches convincingly. In the semis he faced Olivier DURAND, who had upset his French countryman Thomas FAUCHERON in the 1/8 round. VAN DER VEN gave DURAND no room to manoeuvre and took the match in straight sets.
Matteo FISSORE (ITA) sunk hopes of a French archer topping the podium when he knocked out Jean-Charles VALLADONT in the other semi-final. The gruelling match was tied after five sets, and FISSORE shot better in the one-arrow shoot-off.
FISSORE’s gold medal match again VAN DER VEN would prove no easier. Despite shooting at least two 10s each set, the Italian archer quickly found himself on the losing end of a 6-2 score line. Rick VAN DER VEN took gold, FISSORE silver and Jean Charles VALLDONT bronze – after a 7-1 win over DURAND.
Number one ranked recurve woman Tatiana SEGINA meant business. After a bye past the 1/16 stage, she did not drop a set until the semi-finals. Her opponent Melina TOUSSAINT (FRA) managed to wrestle away two set points, but it was nowhere near enough to halt the relentless 21-year-old Russian’s path to the final.
Challenging her for gold: second seed Naomi FOLKARD of Great Britain. The current World Games Field Champion’s journey included a straight-set dismissal of Moroccan quarter-final opponent Fatine OUADOUDI, and beating Anna BOTTO (ITA) in the semis, 7-3.
SEGINA leaked three arrows into the 8 and it made the different in her battle with FOLKARD. The Brit only needed a draw in the fifth set: and that’s exactly what she got, along with a 6-4 win and gold in Marrakesh. Italian archer BOTTO fared better in her last match, beating TOUSSAINT to bronze, 7-1.
World-ranked number one compound man Pierre Julien DELOCHE (FRA) and defending Indoor World Cup Champion Braden GELLENTHIEN (USA) tied their semi-final 5-5 after regulation scoring, and needed a one-arrow shoot-off to settle the match. But both men shot dead centre!
It was impossible to pick a winner, so the judge reset their targets, the captivated crowd got even more excited and the pair tried again. Second time around, USA archer GELLENTHIEN was better. He advanced to a gold match against States teammate Bridger DEATON, who beat world record holder Peter ELZINGA (NED) 6-4 in their semi.
The value of experience was obvious in the last set of the all-American final. GELLENTHIEN won it 29 to 27, forcing a 5-all tie (for the third time today) on set points and a shoot-off for the gold medal. His one arrow was not dead centre, but it was enough: GELLENTHIEN won with a better 9 than DEATON. ELZINGA took bronze by dropping just two arrows out of the 10, compared to DELOCHE’s three!
After a disappointing qualifying round, Pascale LEBEQUE (FRA) made it into the last four of the compound women’s competition. Her semi-final opponent, Inge VAN CASPEL, had been shooting strong all weekend. LEBEQUE could not hold off the Dutch archer and settled for defeat, 4-6.
Crystal GAUVIN (USA) and Naomi JONES (GBR) took their semi-final to a tie-breaker, which GAUVIN won. JONES was able to bounce back in the bronze by convincingly beating Pascale LEBEQUE, 6-2.
GAUVIN then found herself in another one-arrow shoot-off. She won the third set of the final and took a 4-2 lead before resilient VAN CASPEL battled back and drew the match 5-5 at the end of regulation scoring. Both archers shot 10s, but GAUVIN’s was closer: gold for the archer from the USA.
Recurve junior men and women
Second seed Iman RAFEY beat top-ranked Chaimaa El BENNAYE for recurve junior women’s gold. Wijdan BELMERZOGIA took bronze in this all-Moroccan competition.Go Back
Soufian BENHACHEM ensured the recurve junior men’s title stayed in Morocco, too. He beat the number one after qualification, Camille ADRIANARISSON from France, to gold. Another Frenchman, Kévin LOPEO, took bronze.
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