World Games women’s individual final: Gibson smashes world number one to win gold. Ella Gibson, a ninth seed, beat reigning champion and world number one winner Sara Lopez to win compound women’s individual gold in the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, USA.
“It felt amazing, being able to overcome all the odds to become world number two in the end,” said a very happy Serb at his post match press conference where he was catching up with Fernando Lopez. “It was so difficult to get there, I just focused on myself, knowing that even if I did lose or win it would come out how it came out and I’d shoot what I’m shooting.”
Gibson won after two perfect ends in the opening of the women’s individual recurve match. She also shot 33 points in total, giving her a 60-59 lead after only ten arrows (148-142).
However, at the end, I had a really bad 28. It was not the best but the other ones were really good, said Gibson. In this event, I felt like I had had a really nice flow – much more compared to my last match.
After the Brit’s win, Liz Perez Lopez won the fifth end to secure the win for herself. The Brit clinched her women’s title by winning one of the two extra ends played later in the game.
Lopez had previously admitted she had heat stress illness and was focusing on winning mixed duo gold with her partner, Daniel Munoz, earlier this week.
Lopez shared he was also in disbelief as to what actually happened when his game had started tanking, addressing it by saying, “Sometimes you don’t realize that and somebody has to tell you that.” Lopez ended off by adding that this is a good thing because now he can correct it.
Lucas White remarks on how his goal was to get a medal in the mixed team, and to get two when he was only expecting one. Lucas had some struggles with his bow but that is an expected part of the game, so he just accepted it and continued.
“One solution would be to use my limited time to correct any mistakes I made in the semifinals. I will remember that those contests were very close.” Mr. Lopez has one tough match in the afternoon, so he may want to check his article before publishing it to give his theme tailored content.
Ellison faced the host nation’s Paige Pearce in the bronze final, and despite the home fans not being disappointed with her performance, she fell short to overtake Pearce for third.
Speaking on his victory and the emotions he felt after, American tennis player Jack Sock said it is an accomplishment beyond what he could have ever hoped for in his wildest dreams. “Going into the bronze match, after my loss to Gibson in the semifinal, I was determined to win. At 27 years old, I knew I had a lot more time to play. I don’t need to worry about anything but myself and my shot. That was my strategy, and it worked.”
Competing for medals in the compound men’s individual on Saturday morning.
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