The compound individual finals saw new faces emerge. On the men’s side, Patrick LAURSEN (DEN/17), 25, was shooting for his first individual World Cup medal after winning two team titles in Antalya in 2006 and this morning against the United States. His opponent, Georg DOLLINGER (AUT/22), 44 years old, competed in his first World Cup event in 2009, and his first final. The Danish athlete took an early lead, 27-26, then 57-55. However an 8 in the third end, combined with a perfect end at 10-10-10 by DOLLINGER, put the scores at 85-85. LAURSEN (main photo) recovered the lead in the fourth end (114-112), and concluded with 29 points to win the match 143-140, for his second gold medal of the day. “This week was perfect, it couldn’t have been better”, commented LAURSEN.
The bronze medal match featured two men who already shot against each other in the team final this morning: Braden GELLENTHIEN (USA/2) and Martin DAMSBO (DEN/5), who were the two finalists of the Shanghai World Cup. In China, the victory went to the American archer. Today, however, GELLENTHIEN’s bowstring broke during the team final in the morning, and he shot the individual final with Martin DAMSBO’s spare bow. This was reflected in GELLENTHIEN’s scores (several unusual 8s). Meanwhile DAMSBO shot very well, with mostly 10s, to win the match 144-137.
Colombia’s Sara LOPEZ (No 23), shooting in her second World Cup event, faced Shanghai champion SEOK Ji Hyun (KOR/5) in the women’s final. After winning the team gold in the morning, LOPEZ (photo) already knew how to handle the wind coming from the sea. The 18-year-old Colombian delivered a festival of 10s, dropping only four points over the whole match. Meanwhile SEOK suffered from the windy conditions. LOPEZ won the match with the highest individual score of the day, 146-132, to deliver the second gold medal of the day for Colombia.
“I don’t know how many points I shot”, confessed the Colombian archer. “I didn’t feel the competition, I didn’t feel the wind, I wasn’t feeling anything. I was very nervous but I only did what I had to do, and at the end it was God’s will to make us win. Of course, these victories will give us more motivation and we hope they will bring us more support because it’s always about recurve. Now we have showed that we also can do it and we hope to travel to more events, and with this result we hope to receive more support.”
“We are very happy and this gives us a lot of strength and motivation for the rest of the World Cup and for the next stage in Medellin”, commented LOPEZ. “We showed that we could do it, and we’ll now try to win everything possible, including World Cups and World Games. Not only me, but all the team must keep working and show that Colombia comes very strong; we are few but we are also very good competitors.”
For the women’s bronze medal match, YOUN So Jung (KOR/1), who will turn 20 in July and competes in her first World Cup season, met the European champion Kristina BERGER (GER/11), runner-up last year in Antalya. Kristina’s experience helped her manage the windy conditions; moreover, her poundage was higher, allowing her arrow speed to be 20 kilometres faster, which is an advantage in the wind. She led from the start, and increased the gap after YOUN scored a 6 in the fourth end. The German concluded with 10-10-10 to win the match 140-129 and the bronze medal.
The mixed team gold medal match was between Italy (No 8) and India (No 3). Sergio PAGNI / Marcella TONIOLI (photo) are the world champions, but Rajat CHAUHAN / Majudha SOY have been scoring high the whole week. Sergio PAGNI, who shot the team bronze medal match in the morning, also already knew how to handle the wind, and it showed in the score: Italy took a three point lead in the first end. However TONIOLI was caught by the wind in the second end with a 6. Italy still led 74-73 after the first half. India’s score of 39 in the third end put them in the driver’s seat (112-111). But the match resulted in a tie before the final two arrows. Italy shot 10-10 to put pressure on India, who shot 10-9, the last arrow being just a couple of millimetres out, making it a gold medal win for Italy.
Iran (No 4) met Canada (No 15) for bronze. The archers were Amir KAZEMPOOR / Mino ABEDI and Dietmar TRILLUS / Ashley WALLACE. The wind was causing arrows to drift to the arrows to the left, creating several low scores on both sides in the first end. Two 7s by Iran allowed Canada to take an early lead, 36-33. TRILLUS was the man of the match: with six 10s and two 9s, he led Canada to an easy victory, 150-141.
The competition continues tomorrow with the recurve finals.
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