With an 18-point lead at the top of the recurve men’s World Cup rankings, the Netherland’s Rick VAN DER VEN is a big top seed at this year’s World Cup Final in Lausanne.
He came second at Shanghai to open the season, and closed the stage series by going one better in Wroclaw: gold. Rick won the first two sets against Italian Mauro NESPOLI – then the pair drew the last two.
“I wasn’t shooting great, but I was shooting consistently,” said Rick. “That won me the match.”
VAN DER VEN’s original international coach, Wietse VAN ALTEN, is now with Italy – and was standing behind his opponent NESPOLI during the gold medal match. Rick said the experience was a little strange.
“We still talk to each other, and we’re still good friends,” the Dutch archer, who came fourth at London 2012, explained.
Rick’s focus will now switch to Lausanne – and his first World Cup Final appearance.
He won’t prepare any differently for the event, which has a competition structure more like that of an Olympic Games with every match shot in front of a live crowd, rather than just the medal finals. “I’ll shoot purely on quality and scoring, nothing special,” he said.
Jean-Charles VALLADONT collected the recurve men’s bronze medal.
VALLADONT beat Brazil’s Marcus DALMEIDA, in his first final, in four sets: “I could not lose today,” the Frenchman – who will defend his world field title in Zagreb later this month – said firmly. “I came fourth in Medellin and decided enough is enough. I had to take a medal this time.”
“After the second set, I was three arrows away from winning and lost my concentration. I was less engaged and… boom, I was immediately punished.” VALLADONT shot 26 to DALMEIDA’s 29, and let the Brazilian recover to a 4-2 set score.
“I released those last two arrows knowing I could reset, restart and shoot as I had done earlier in the game.”
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