Shanghai compound finals: run-down of the line-up
Shanghai (CHN) - Friday, April 25, 2014
Frenchmen DELOCHE and PEINEAU headline a schedule of compound medal matches in Shanghai that pit proven talent against first-time finalists.
Compound men’s gold final (afternoon session)
Pierre-Julien DELOCHE is the world number one – and it’s a title he wants to hold on to. Winning Shanghai would go a long way to achieving that goal.
DELOCHE is more experienced than the French teammate he’ll face for men’s compound gold. Sebastien PEINEAU is only shooting at his third outdoor World Cup event, but the 27-year-old did surprise everyone by winning the Indoor Archery World Cup Final in Las Vegas earlier in the year.
The last time DELOCHE and PEINEAU squared off, PEINEAU won.
Having said that, this is the fifth international final in a row we’ve seen DELOCHE make. He’s a consistent danger – and so used to shooting in front of cameras and crowds. The silver medal he was relegated to collect at Belek 2013, the world championships, will have left a sour taste… one the ferocious Frenchman will fight to sweeten.
Compound men’s bronze final (afternoon session)
Rookie Bridger DEATON wants a medal at his first World Cup event. Scratch that… he wants an individual medal at his first World Cup event. He’s already guaranteed at least two silvers in the team and mixed team finals.
The most successful USA archer in Shanghai this year faces a wild card. Demir ELMAAGACLI, shooting for Turkey, shocked number one seed Stephan HANSEN on his way through the elimination brackets.
For that outburst alone, we like him to win. That is, unless, DEATON wins both golds in his morning team matches – which is quite likely. Until that happens, though…
Compound women’s gold final (afternoon session)
One of those change of divisions that’s worked, CHOI Bomin used to be a successful recurve archer. The Korean wasn’t the highest seeded, nor the most impressive throughout eliminations – but she’s won matches, and that’s what counts.
Sara LOPEZ, however, has been on point. The Colombian shot a 149 in the quarterfinals then a perfect 150 in the semis, against teammate Alejandra USQUIANO. Not a bad result on her birthday.
As 15-arrow match world record holder she is clear favourite to win gold, despite only ever having lost to CHOI (the one time they previously met in matchplay).
Compound women’s bronze final (afternoon session)
Colombia should win a second medal: Paris 2013 World Cup Final Champion USQUIANO has a higher per-arrow average, better record and more experience than first-time finalist Afsaneh SHAFIEIALAVIJEH.
Hailing from Iran, Afsaneh could do anything in her first international and first major final – after battling up from the 29 seed.
It would be impossible to favour Afsaneh, but it’s perfectly fine to be very intrigued.
Compound men’s team gold (morning session)
The USA’s new compound men’s team line-up has serious potential. Experience (Reo WILDE), consistency (Braden GELLENTHIEN) and youth (Bridger DEATON) aren’t quite the three horsemen of the archery apocalypse, but they’re the only team that comes close.
They didn’t record the highest match of the tournament so far, though – that was Australia. The surprising finalists do have a real shot at taking this.
Compound women’s team gold (morning session)
Both the USA men and women lost their world championships title in Belek last year. They’re clearly back with a vengeance in Shanghai. The top women qualifiers have a shot at their first gold since Medellin 2013. Chinese Taipei, their opponent, are current Asian Champions.
Compound mixed team gold (afternoon session)
A team gold sweep is well within reach for the USA. Bridger DEATON and Erika JONES, the World Games double-gold medallist, four-silver World Cup medal-winning last season athlete of the year for 2013, haven’t shot together internationally before.
On form, both are scary good. Scary squared is terrifying.
But DELOCHE, individual gold finalist, and indoor world champion Sophie DODEMONT are not easily terrified. This will be the match of the day. Two fantastic pairs that are pretty impossible to pick between.
Follow live scores and World Archery’s updates on Facebook and Twitter from the compound finals at the first 2014 Archery World Cup stage in Shanghai on Saturday 25 April. Watch videos, uploaded to Archery TV at the end of competition.