Beijing 2008 Olympic Champion ZHANG Juanjuan was at the Shanghai 2015 Archery World Cup stage, as a spectator. World Archery caught up with her as she recalled those special moments from Beijing and revealed what she’s been up to since the Olympic win.
Experienced archers Bérengère SCHUH and Jean-Charles VALLADONT will lead the French recurve team at the Olympic quota tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark from 26 July to 2 August.
Newcomer to Korea’s senior squad KANG Chae Young won three gold medals but Riau EGA AGATHA stopped a Korean clean sweep of the individual recurve podiums.
China’s only hope of a medal in Shanghai rested on its recurve mixed team, into a bronze final with Mexican pair ROMAN and SERRANO. Korea contested gold with Japan. Both matches needed shoot-offs.
With blustery wind making it difficult for teams to keep arrows in the middle, Japan capitlised on Korean reds in the recurve men’s final. Korea’s women had better luck.
White shirts all over the field in Shanghai as Korea, Japan, Germany, Mexico and Spain go for recurve medals in 2015. The Koreans have been beaten on the world stage but, as always, it will take a performance to do so.
PEINEAU led from the start of his Shanghai 2015 final, a defence of the medal he won last year. He let Mr Perfect force a shoot-off in the last end, but the Frenchman rose to the challenge.
Last season in Shanghai, Sara LOPEZ handed the gold medal to opponent CHOI Bomin when her equipment failed. Back in the gold match one year later, she was determined not to roll over a second time around.
A perfect first end put Turkey in the lead in the mixed team gold medal match but Colombia’s high scoring throughout, won out.
The Iranian compound men were successful at the turn of the decade but had not made a final since 2011. The mighty Danes, the compound men’s world champions, presented a tough challenge.