Five archers who impressed at the third stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup. Paris served as the location for the start of stage three of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup, which saw 360 competitors (212 men and 148 women) from 51 countries compete there.
Everyone competing had one objective in mind, and that was to secure a berth in the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final, which will be held in Mexico, as well as a portion of the circuit’s record-breaking prize purse.
Gold medals in individual competitions were won by Utano Agu, Marcus D’Almeida, Ella Gibson, and Nicolas Girard in the French city; however, a lot more took place there.
Here are the five archers who, in our opinion, made the biggest impression in Paris.
A nod in the direction of the Brazilian flag, which bears the inscription “Ordem e Progresso” (which translates to “Order and Progress”) across its entire surface. The image that sticks out in your mind most clearly from Paris is probably the South American soldier.
According to Marcus D’Almeida, Brazil’s Marcus D’Almeida, this season is “…more professional than before,” and order and improvement are two things that define the team’s performance thus far.
The Olympic Champion Mete Gazoz, the London 2012 Olympic Champion Oh Jin Hyek, and the rising new star of the Korean side, Kim Je Deok, were all defeated in back-to-back-to-back matches until the 24-year-old recurve man won the individual gold medal.
As a result of his loss to Rick van der Ven in a tiebreak during his first competition on the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup circuit, D’Almeida was eliminated from contention for a spot in the final four. He came in eighth place overall.
Paris was not like other cities. His final arrow, which was nearly perfect, allowed him to win against his Korean opponent’s nine. Gold, his first major victory, and a spot in the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final were the rewards he received.
“In Korea, I was out of the running before the node/shoot-off even started. During the course of the most recent month of work, we refocused our efforts.”
It was effective.
“I have arrived at my time”. He said, “I am really scornful of where I am at in my life.” “It’s been intense. At this point, Mexico is the primary target.”
Jyothi Surekha Vennam, a compound woman, entered the tournament in Paris as the highest-ranked athlete in the world competing event (world rank: 3).
She did not make the initial Indian team for this season, so this was her first circuit appearance of the year. Not bad, given it was her first outing of the year.
She came away from the capital of France with medals in both the team and individual competitions: a silver in the compound women’s solo competition and gold in the compound mixed team competition. A close fourth-place finish in the women’s compound team competition brought them very close to a podium sweep.
“It’s been a long time since I got to the international squad, and I wanted to perform my best and offer my best,” said Vennam, who was only prevented from winning individual gold by a shoot-off against the in-form Ella Gibson. “I am delighted or cheerful we finally received a gold medal.”
Abhishek Verma, a member of the mixed team, disclosed that Vennam possessed talents that were not merely restricted to her performance in the individual tournament.
He stated that Jyothi is an exceptionally powerful business partner. Because we have spent so much time playing together, I not only have a high level of confidence in her, but I also trust her totally.
The 2019 World Archery Youth Championship gold medalist also won Norway’s very first-ever Hyundai Archery World Cup stage medal in Paris. He won the medal while competing for Norway.
After eight attempts, Faugstad finally made it onto the podium with his silver medal, which he won on the circuit. It was so nearly pure gold.
In the final of the compound men’s solo competition, Nicolas Girard, an archer who appeared to be on his way to fulfilling what seemed to be a destiny (see below) in front of his home audience, stood in his way and defeated him with three perfect ends to win 148-145.
The look on Faugstad’s face at the end of the match and while he was on the platform suggested that he was really disappointed, but it also revealed that he had a burning desire to advance one step farther.
The numbers indicate that he still has a long way to go, with his average arrow score (9.68) and qualification best score (706) in 2022 being significantly lower than his 2019 best (9.77/707), which was the year he last won a gold.
His coach Morten Boe said, “There are a lot of nerves and thoughts that you have to handle when you stand in the final arena and have to perform.” “There is a lot at stake.” “Throughout both finals, Anders produced excitement for the audience,” but in the gold final, he had “strong opposition.”
It felt like destiny had a hand in it for home-grown Nicolas Girard, who won in front of a fervent crowd at the Chateau de Vincennes.
Girard made the most of his opportunity after being added to the French squad after missing the first two stages of the circuit as well as the European Championship.
During its heyday, the chateau was considered to be one of the best strongholds in the area, and it was there that the 22-year-old delivered impregnable performances on Saturday during the compound finals.
Gold for the men’s team before lunch, and gold for the men’s individual competition before teatime.
A victory over Turkey as a team alongside colleagues Jean Philippe Boulch and Quentin Baraer in the morning was followed by a victory over Braden Gellenthien of the United States of America in the semi-finals with a perfect score of 150.
Anders Faugstad was eliminated from the competition after another three ends of 30 points (148-145).
However, perhaps the most impressive thing about him was his performance in the elimination match, in which he was able to compete with and eventually defeat Mister Perfect, Mike Schloesser. This was the first time that Schloesser had been defeated on the circuit in 2018, yet it came down to a shoot-off (148-148) and Girard proved to be the more accurate shooter.
Girard stated, “I wanted to demonstrate that I am a legitimate member of this community.” “And that I was capable of competing.” “Here I am.”
All four women who competed in the recurve finals deserve to be included here, but let’s focus on Penny Healey because she was the only one who didn’t end up with a medal.
Charline Schwarz, An San, and Lei Chien-Ying were all eliminated prior to her reaching the semi-finals of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup. However, she was unable to advance further than one round since she was defeated by Agu Utano, who went on to win the competition.
Healey will remember her Friday afternoon in Paris with back-to-back triumphs over San and former World Archery Champion Lei, despite the crushing disappointment she had on Sunday during the finals.
On Monday, Healey was quoted as saying, “It would be foolish of me to pretend that I’m not dissatisfied with the fact that I didn’t come away with a medal, but on reflection…it was a fairly nice week.”
“I got the furthest I have ever gotten or reached on the world cup circuit individually. I knocked out a world champion as well as an Olympic champion. I pushed every head to head to the fullest. Leading up to this stage, I put in some incredible head-to-head scores.”
Knowing that this is only the beginning of a long journey for me motivates me to continue forward and focus on those areas in order to become the best that I possibly could be.
Healey is currently shooting the greatest arrows of her admittedly brief career (9.02), and she has achieved a career-high world rating of 31 thanks to her victory in the Indoor Archery World Series Finals back in February.
The 17-year-old only has room to improve from here on out.
Five archers who impressed at the third stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery