The Texans on the 2009 World Championship Team for USA did awesome. Mary Hamm, shooting for two, set a 120 (perfect score) record during matchplay on her way to a double gold - both individual and team events. Click on the links for arrow by arrow summary, provided on the FITA website
Medal Summary Country Medal Ranking COMPLETE TOURNAMENT SUMMARY (as acrobat file)
Team Compound Junior Men - Gold
The Italians FANTI, DI BENEDETTO and POLIDORI took a strong start with five 10s and a 9.
With 59 points, they took the lead by 1 point over the Americans with 58.
Italy kept on the same elevated rhythm with another 59 end to double their advantage (118-116).
The US team, made up with ABERNETHY, CLELAND and SCHAFF, shot the exact same end as the previous one.
The third end turned in favour of the Americans who shot a six perfect 10s. This fantastic performance allowed them to tie the match at 176-176 after the Italians shot 58.
The two teams finished with four 10s and two 9 and remained tied (234-234). Shoot-off needed to decide on the new world champions!
With three 10s in the shoot-off, FANTI, DI BENEDETTO and POLIDORI became world champions!
Team Compound Junior Women - Gold
The Russian team, with ARTEMOVA, KORBEYNIKOVA and ARTEMOVA took a 1-point lead after the first end, 57-56.
The Americans and the Russians shot the same score in the second end with three 10s and three 9s. The Russian 1-point advantage remained, 114-113.
PRUITTE, LANCE and NICELY benefited from an 8 by ARTEMOVA to recover and tie before the last six arrows (169-169).
The Americans had found their rhythm. They finished the match with five 10s and a 9 and clinched the world title on the final score of 228-226.
Team Compound Men - Gold
Seeded no. 1, team USA took a superb start with six 10s! With 60 points, BEAUBOUEF, BROADWATER and GELLENTHIEN were already 4 points ahead after the first six arrows.
Their opponents from Great Britain, RIKUNENKO, BINGHAM and BUSBY, although shooting only four 10s in the second end, were overwhelmed by USA's superiority. The Americans repeated their first series, adding 60 additional points for a perfect 120 provisional grand total.
The level became very high with the two teams shooting a 60-point third end each! With a perfect score so far, the Americans could still beat their own world record of 239 set at the 2007 Indoor World Championships, but for that, they need to shoot a fourth perfect end...
What a performance by the Americans! They did it!
Perfect 240-point match for BEAUBOUEF, BROADWATER and GELLENTHIEN! Nothing to do for the British who clinched the silver medal with 232 points.
Team Compound Women - Gold
The team USA was seeded no. 1 after qualification and set a new world record with 236 points in quarterfinal.
After six arrows, LARSON, ANSCHUTZ and HAMM led by 2 points, 58-54, against the British ladies BINGHAM, HOLDERNESS and HUNT.
In the second end, five 9s by Great Britain allowed the USA to increase their lead to 5 points at 116-111.
The difference between the two team remained with only six arrows to go, after they both scored three 10s and three 9s in the third end (174-169 in favour of USA).
The US team of LARSON, ANSCHUTZ and HAMM finally increased their lead even more in the last end with four 10s and two 9s for a victory and world title!
Team Recurve Men - Gold
Individual Compound Junior Men - Bronze
Individual Compound Junior Men - Gold
Individual Compound Junior Women - Gold
Individual Compound Men - Gold
The compound men’s world title would be for sure American.
BROADWATER and BEAUBOUEF both started with a strong first end of 30 points.
Seeded no. 5, BEAUBOUEF continued on the same rhythm, taking a 1-point advantage at the halfway mark, 60-59.
His lead was up to 3 points with only three arrows to go, 90-87.
With a 120 grand total, BEAUBOUEF tied the world record his fellow countryman Dee WILDE set in 1995 and clinched gold!
Individual Compound Women - Bronze
In their bronze medal match, HOLDERNESS and ANSCHUTZ were so close to one another that they needed three shoot-off arrows to decide on the winner!
Tied at 117 after 12 arrows, both shot two times 10.
The American handled pressure the best with a final 10 to ensure a 100% American compound women’s podium.
Individual Compound Women - Gold
The match for gold in compound women was 100% American between HAMM and LARSON.
More experimented, HAMM took the best start with a perfect 30 end and led by 1 point after three arrows.
Another triple 10 for her teammate, and LARSON trailed by 3 (57-60).
HAMM, expecting her second baby, proved too strong with three additional 10s in the third end. She increased her lead to 5 points at 90-85.
Clinching victory with 120 points-tying her own world record at the same time-HAMM added a new world title to her collection!
Writeup prior to the event:
The first major archery event of the year in Rzeszow!
Rzeszow (POL) – 4 March 2009
After the true excitement of the Beijing Olympic Games and the World Cup Final 2008 in Lausanne, the top archers in the world did not rest much competing in the indoor season. They now meet in Rzeszow (POL) for the Indoor World Championships 2009 on 4-8 March.
These indoor world championships conclude a winter season that already saw some important tournaments in Nimes (FRA), Las Vegas (USA) and Amsterdam (NED), among others. There were enough chances for the countries to select their top archers or to see some new forces in the game. The participants list in Rzeszow shows a rare combination of experienced athletes and young talents—including juniors who will also have their world championships in Rzeszow.
In Recurve Men, a truly new generation is coming up. Brady ELLISON (USA) photo, winner in Las Vegas, Jean-Charles VALLADONT (FRA), winner in Nimes, Mauro NESPOLI (ITA), team silver medallist in Beijing are among the favourites. So are the Poles Rafal DOBROWOLSKI and Jacek PROC, as well as the Mexicans Juan Rene SERRANO and Eduard VELEZ SANCHEZ. They will take on very experienced archer such as Vic WUNDERLE (USA). The three times Olympian American is looking for world consecration after his silver medal won at the Indoor World Championships 2005 in Aalborg (DEN) and a breath-taking team bronze in the 2007 edition in Izmir (TUR), where he shot a decisive 10 in the third shoot-off. Other experienced archers include Al WILLS and Simon TERRY (GBR). Experts also noticed the come-back of Michelle FRANGILLI (ITA). Will he add a new world title to his long collection?
In the junior class, the favourites will be the youth world champion 2008 Luca MELOTTO (ITA) as well as Ivan DENIS (BEL).
Four times indoor individual world champion Natalia VALEEVA (ITA) is still on top of her game! She leads a ferocious Italian team—the same as in Beijing—including the young Elena TONETTA and Pia Carmen LIONETTI. The Polish team should be their strongest opponent with 2008 World Cup winner Justyna MOSPINEK photo, as well as Natalia LESNIAK and Malgorzata CWIENCZEK. They will challenge the 2007 indoor world champion Nami HAYAKAWA (JPN) and the 2003 indoor world champion Berengere SCHUH (FRA). Other contenders include Natalya ERDYNIYEVA (RUS), Viktoriya KOVAL (UKR), Charlotte BURGESS (GBR), Elena RICHTER and Karina WINTER (GER). But maybe, surprise will come from the youngest archery participant at the last Olympic Games, Mariana AVITIA (MEX).
Tatiana SEGINA (RUS) and Lidia SICHENIKOVA (UKR) will be the ones to watch in the youth competition.
The 2007 indoor world champion Braden GELLENTHIEN (USA) faces a real challenge if he wishes to confirm his title. His major challenger is certainly Dietmar TRILLUS (CAN), 2007 outdoor world champion and 2008 World Cup winner. The fans also noticed that the veteran Morgan LUNDIN (SWE)—who won numerous gold medals—is back in shape with a 2nd place in Las Vegas. Other contenders include 2008 World Cup silver and bronze medallists Patrizio HOFER (SUI) and Patrick COGHLAN (AUS). The entire French team is also a threat: Dominique GENET, Sebastien BRASSEUR and Pierre Julien DELOCHE, who won the indoor tournament in Nimes. The 2007 European indoor champion Sergio PAGNI (ITA), as well as Peter ELZINGA (NED) photo, Morten BOE (NOR), Dejan SITAR (SLO) and Chance BEAUBOUEF (USA) are among other contenders. Last but not least, will the young Martin DAMSBO (DEN) jumpstarts a year that could see him compete at the World Cup Final in his country’s capital Copenhagen?
The youth outdoor world champion 2008 Mads Juul KROGSHEDE (DEN) and Kevin MARBACHER (SUI) are among the favourites for the youth titles.
Two times world champion in 2007 (indoor and outdoor), Eugenia SALVI (ITA) photo is ready to defend her titles. She is up against some very well-known faces from the last three years. We can first name the Russian trio Sofia GONCHAROVA, Anna KAZANTSEVA and Albina LOGINOVA. Among other contenders, the fans would see Gladys WILLEMS (BEL), Ivana BUDEN (CRO), Camilla SOEMOD (DEN), Anne LAURILLA (FIN), Nicky HUNT (GBR), Maya MARCEN (SLO) and Melike ATICI (TUR). Let’s finish with the American team featuring a young but promising talent, Erika ANSCHUTZ, as well as a true star in archery, Mary HAMM (born ZORN). HAMM was the first woman in history to break the 1400 points barer for the FITA Round. After giving birth, is she returning at the top level for even more glory?
Gold and silver medallists at the Youth World Championships 2008, Kendal NICELY and Samantha PRUITTE (USA) are looking for more medals in the junior class.
Answers are to be given as of Thursday 5 March in Rzeszow (POL) and on www.archery.org
American stranglehold and world record in compound bow
Rzeszow (POL) – 6 March 2009
Kristofer SCHAFF (USA)
The elimination day of the Indoor Archery World Championships 2009 in Rzeszow (POL) of the compound division took place on Friday afternoon. In the youth class, the American SCHAFF shot a perfect 120 score in semi-final, setting a new world record for the compound junior men’s 12-arrow match and qualifying for the gold medal match on Sunday 8 March. On the senior’s side, Team USA has already ensured at least four medals with the ladies HAMM and LARSON and the men BEAUBOUEF and BROADWATER qualifying for the gold medal match.
A match with four shoot-offs! No one had ever seen this before! It happened in Rzeszow in the first compound men’s elimination round between Morten BOE (NOR) and Jose Ignacio CATALAN (ESP). Tied at 117 after twelve arrows, the Norwegian and the Spaniard had to go on to a tie-break to decide on the winner. Again tied after the first and second shoot-offs, their third arrows were so close that the judges could not say which was closest to the centre... Therefore, BOE and CATALAN shot a fourth tie-breaker and the Spaniard’s arrow was finally just a little bit better that the Norwegian’s. A few upset in 1/16 elimination with thedefending world champion Braden GELLENTHIEN (USA)—seeded no. 4—conceding a surprising defeat against no. 29 Vladimir FEDOSOV (RUS). The 2007 outdoor world champion and 2008 World Cup winner Dietmar TRILLUS (CAN) also suffered an early defeat against Antonio TOSCO (ITA). The 2008 World Cup silver medallist Patrizio HOFER (SUI) was also kicked out in the first round by Pierre Alain DELOCHE (FRA).
Perfect score (120) for the American Chance BEAUBOUEF (no. 5 seed) who beat the Spaniard CATALAN in 1/8 elimination. The latter lost this match without having anything to be ashamed of, as he scored 119. The no. 1 and 2 seeds Dominique GENET (FRA) and Jesse BROADWATER (USA) went through, while the Britton Duncan BUSBY (3) was defeated by his teammate James BINGHAM (14). After defeating the reigning World Cup winner TRILLUS in the previous round, the Italian Sergio PAGNIwas stopped by his fellow countryman TOSCO.
The two Americans BEAUBOUEF and BROADWATER won their quarterfinals rather easily against the Russian FEDOSOV (119-115) and the French DELOCHE (119-117). The two other quarterfinal matches were tighter. The no. 1 seed GENET won against the Dane DAMSBO only at the very last arrow, 118-117. The Italian TOSCO needed two shoot-offs to get rid of the Britton BINGHAM.
In semi-final, BEAUBOUEF put off the no. 1 seed GENET with a perfect match of 120 points. With 117, the Frenchman could only admit defeat. The gold final on Sunday will be 100% American with BROADWATER reaching his teammate after beating TOSCO 119-116. The Italian will face GENET for the bronze medal.
All favourites and top seed ladies passed through the first round in the compound women’s category. Seeded no. 1, the American Mary HAMM (ZORN) shot 117 points in the 1/16 eliminations to beat Anne LAURILA (FIN). Her teammates, Holly LARSON and Erika ANSCHUTZ, beat Ivana BUDEN (CRO) and Maja MARCEN (SLO), respectively. The Russians also proved present with Anna KAZANTSEVA (no. 4) qualifying for the 1/8 elimination round, as well as Albina LOGINOVA (5) and Sofia GONCHAROVA (7). The first non American or Russian archer, the Frenchwoman Pascal LEBECQUE (6), was also through.
HAMM tied her own perfect 120 world record in the second round against Nicky HUNT (GBR). While no. 2 and 3 Americans LARSON and ANSCHUTZ also qualified, the no. 4 and 5 seeds from Russia KAZANTSEVA and LOGINOVA tripped over no. 13 and 12, respectively, Lucy HOLDERNESS from Great Britain and Jelena BABININA from Lithuania. Only GONCHAROVA survived this round for Russia.
The semi-finalists will be only English speaking ladies. The US team members HAMM, LARSON and ANSCHUTZ, comfortably went through the quarterfinals against SOEMOD (DEN), GONCHAROVA (RUS) and LEBECQUE (FRA). The last quarterfinals was a lot closer with three shoot-off arrows needed to decide on the winner between BALBININA (LTU) and Holderness (GBR). After two 10s each, the last 9 by the Britton was closer to the centre than the Lithuanian’s.
With a gold and silver medal already on the men’s side (BEAUBOUEF and BROADWATER will face each other in Compound Men), the US team will harvest at least two more medals thanks to their ladies HAMM and LARSON, who qualified for the gold medal match on Sunday. They might even add another one to theircollectionas ANSCHUTZ will fight for bronze against the British lady HOLDERNESS.
Compound Junior Men
In this category, the top 3 archers—Garrett ABERNETHY (USA), Jonathan FRIBERG (SWE) and Luca FANTI (ITA)—reachedthe semi-finals. Seeded no. 1, ABERNETHY, had to go through a shoot-off in the quarterfinal against no. 8 Andreas DARUM (DEN). In the semi-final, the American came up against a brick wall named Kristofer SCHAFF, his teammate and no. 5 seed. SCHAFF shot a perfect 120 score and a new junior world record for the 12-arrow match. His opponent for the gold medal will be the no. 2 seed from Sweden, FRIBERG. The Italian FANTI was seeded no. 3 and only lost to FRIBERG in the semi-final. He will shoot versus ABERNETHY for bronze.
Compound Junior Women
Only one of the top 4 seeded girlsreached the medal matches to be shot on Sunday 8 March. Gold and silver medallists at the Youth World Championships 2008, Kendal NICELY (USA) held her rank qualifying for the gold final in these indoor world championships. She will look for another world title and will start as the favourite in her match against the Russian Svetlana CHERKASHNEVA, no. 11 seed. CHERKASHNEVA created one of the biggest upsets of the day, kicking out no. 3 Samantha PRUITTE (USA) in the quarterfinal. In the semi-final she beat no. 7 Clara NIETO TALADRIZ (ESP) who had upset another Russian Ekaterina KOROBEYNIKOVA (no. 2)in the previous round.Seeded no. 4, Sara FRASSON (ITA) conceded defeat in the quarterfinal against Matea KOLAREK (CRO), no. 12 seed. KOLAREK will face NIETO TALADRIZ for the bronze medal on Sunday 8 March.
Two times Great Britain vs USA for the gold in compound and new world Record for USA
Rzeszow (POL) – 7 March 2009
The team event of the Indoor World Championships 2009 was held on Saturday 7 March at the Sports Arena of Rzeszow. The team matches were shot until the semi-finals and the finals will take place on Sunday morning. While the juniors competed in the morning, the senior teams ventured onto the field in the afternoon. In the compound division, the two gold medals (women and men) will be decided between Great Britain and USA. It is noteworthy that the American female team set a new 24-arrow world record of 236 in their quarterfinal against Poland.
While Great Britain (seed no. 1) and USA (no. 2) had a bye and did not shoot in the first round (1/8 elimination), all other top teams advanced to the quarterfinal. The match between Spain and Italy was the most exciting. The Spaniards GOMEZ, MORILLO and RIERA took a 1-point advantage at the half-way mark (115-114), which they increased to 2 before the last end started (175-173). However, the Italians were unstoppable in the last series of six arrows, shooting five 10s and a 9 to clinch the match by one point (232-231).
The best score in the quarterfinal was the work of team GBR shot by the experienced PEART, TERRY and WILLS. Thanks to their 235-point grand total, they rather easily defeated the Russians BADENOV, MALISHEVSKIY and TSYREMPILOV. “We took a couple of ends to warm-up and then we got into the right rhythm. Now we are ready and we are waiting for the Italians in the next match,” WILLS said after the match. The other teams that qualified for the semi-finals were Mexico (vs Poland) and USA (vs Ukraine).
In semi-final, Great Britain (1) and Italy (4) had to go to a shoot-off to decide the winner. Both teams were tied at 234 points each. Then, Italy scored 29 with their three additional arrows and clinched victory, as Great Britain could not do better than 25. In the second semi-final between Mexico (3) and USA (2), the youngsters LASTRA, SERRANO and VELEZ SANCHEZ gave a hard time to three-time Olympian WUNDERLE and his teammates ELLISON and HOLMES. Before the last six arrows, the Mexicans trailed by only one point, 176-177. But in the last end, they only scored 54 points, while their opponents shot 57. USA faces Italy for gold on Sunday, and Mexico will battle for bronze with Great Britain.
In the first elimination round, the no. 11 seed team USA upset no. 6 Mexico photo 226-224. “The final score is right according to our training standard. We shot a lot of 10s, we were happy with our result. In the third end, we were winning, but then we shot three times 7 and the match was over,” Aida ROMAN analysed after her team’s loss.
In quarterfinal, the no. 2 seed Italy had a hard time going against Spain, no. 7. The two teams finished the match on a tie at 227 points each. In the tie-break, LIONETTI, TONETTA and VALEEVA scored 30 points against 29 for BUITRON, CABRERON and FOULON. Victory hanged by a thread, since LIONETTI released her last arrow only a few seconds before the clock and Spain’s last arrow was only one millimetre out of the 10 ring!
The no. 1 seed Germany only just won 231-230 against no. 8 Poland in the quarterfinal. The two teams were tied at 115-115 and then 170-170, POSSNER, RICHTER and WINTER managed to take a 1-point advantage at the end. The other semi-finalists with Italy and Germany are Russia (no. 5) and Ukraine (3).
A shoot-off was needed to decide on the winner between Ukraine (3) and Italy (2) in the first semi-final match. The two teams tied 227-227 after 24 arrows. In the tie-break, led by four-time indoor world champion VALEEVA, the Italians had a very strong shooting with 29 out of a possible 30. Their opponents were defeated without having anything to be ashamed of, finishing the match with 28-points in the shoot-off. In the second semi-final, the no. 1 seed Germany easily took over no. 5 Russia, 228-218.
No surprises in the 1/8 eliminations with all top seeded teams qualifying for the second round. In quarterfinal, the no. 5 seed Spain defeated no. 4 Italy 235-231. The top two teams, USA and France, defeated Switzerland (234-230) and Finland (237-232) on a comfortable margin. Only Great Britain (no. 3) was given a hard time by Denmark (6) and clinched the victory with a 1-point advantage (236-235).
The two compound men’s semi-finals were very tight between USA (1) and Spain (5) on one hand and France (2) and Great Britain (3) on the other hand. In the first match, BEAUBOUEF, BROADWATER—who will face each other in the individual gold final on Sunday—and GELLENTHIEN had a hard time against a surprising Spanish team. They were tied with CANALEJAS, CATALAN and RODRIGUEZ at 117 at the half-way mark but took a 3-point lead before the last end. However, the American advantage came down to only 1 and they finally got out of it victorious, 234-233.
In the second semi-final, the British BINGHAM, BUSBY and RIKUNENKO defeated the Frenchmen BRASSEUR, DELOCHE and GENET 233-231 to fight for the world title on Sunday.
In the compound women’s quarterfinal, ANSCHUTZ, HAMM and LARSON photo set a new world record for the 24-arrow match with a 236 grand total (previous record was 233, also set by USA back in the 2007 Indoor World Championships). USA easily defeated Poland to advance to the semi-final. The no. 3 seed British were close to defeat in their match against Turkey (227-226). The other top teams Russia (2) and Italy (4) also passed through the quarterfinals.
In the semi-final, the experienced Russian team of GONCHAROVA, KAZANTSEVA and LOGINOVA (2) was upset by the British ladies after a shoot-off. BINGHAM, HOLDERNESS and HUNT united with three perfect 10s in the tie-break to defeat their opponents who “only” scored on 10 and two 9s.
The second semi-final match grappled together USA (1) and Italy (4). The top seeded Americans took an early lead which they kept increasing to clinch an easy victory 235-228.
Let’s meet tomorrow for all the finals as of 9:00 am to 1:40 pm and then from 15:45. These World Championships will come to a close around 8:00 pm after all the medal ceremonies.
Perfect 240 world record and 4 team gold medals for otherworldly Americans!
Rzeszow (POL) – 8 March 2009
All team finals of the Indoor World Championships 2009 took place on Sunday 8 March at the Sports Arena of Rzeszow (POL). The US team supplemented their bumper harvest of medals and records in this event with an amazing world record. In the team compound men’s final, BEAUBOUEF, BROADWATER and GELLENTHIENreached the perfect score of 240 points! The team world champions are the United States (4), Italy (2), Ukraine (1) and Poland (1).
In the bronze medal match, the young Mexicans SERRANO, LASTRA and VELEZ SANCHEZ started the match with six perfect 10s and took a substantial 5-point lead, 60-55. At the beginning of the second end, SERRANO got a yellow card by the judge, because he stepped on the shooting line too early (before the clock started). In this end, it was the British's turn to shoot six perfect arrows. They recaptured two points from their opponents and only trailed by 3 at the halfway mark (115-118).
PEART, TERRY and WILLS then shot four 10s and two 9s for a provisional total of 173. With five 10s and a 9, their contenders from Mexico increased their lead again to 4 points with a 177 score. The Olympian SERRANO showed his teammates the way shooting two 10s in the last end. With a very good score of 236 (only two points below the world record set at 238 by Ukraine in 2007), the Mexicans took the bronze medal home!
The gold final put together Team USA, seeded no. 2, and Italy, no. 4. Very bad start for Italy with FRANGILLI and NESPOLI shooting two 8s at their team's first and third arrows! After the first end, the Italians already trailed by 4 points, 55-59.
The two teams then shot the same 58-point second series of six arrows and the American 4-point advantage remained at 117-113. Then, Italy and USA shot the three 10s and three 9s each, the Americans thus keeping their 4-point lead at 174-170. With an 8 in the last end, Italy lost all chances to recover and let the world title go to ELLISON, HOLMES and three-time Olympian WUNDERLE from USA.
Shooting for bronze, with a 6 at the sixth arrow, DOBRYEVA (UKR) put her own team 4 points behind after the first end, 52-56. However, the Ukrainians quickly regained composure and scored five 10s and a 9 in the second end. Their opponents from Russia, ERDYNIYEVA, OBODOEVA and PEROVA, scored the same series to keep their 4-point lead, 115-111.
The third end saw Ukraine come back to 1 point (169-170) after the Russian PEROVA scored an 8 at her team's ninth arrow. Ukraine's 55 points in the very last end was not enough to pass through Russia who clinched the bronze medal by 227-225.
The gold medal match was as expected between the two top seeded teams, Germany and Italy! With two 8s by VALEEVA and TONETTA in the first end, the Italian team trailed by 2 points after six arrows (55-57). The Germans WINTER and RICHTER also shot an 8 each at their team's tenth and twelfth arrows and the score was tied at the halfway mark, 110-110.
The Italian team produced an effort in the third end with five 10s and a 9 to take a 2-point lead (169-167) with only six arrows to go. The last end did not change anything to the story, and VALEEVA, TONETTA and LIONETTI became the new team world champions!
In the bronze medal match, Spain and France stayed close to each other after the first end, with a very short 1-point difference in favour of the French, 58-57. The lead went to Spain's side after 12 arrows, RODRIGUEZ, CATALAN and CANALEJAS scoring five 10s and a 9 for a provisional score of 116-114.
Thanks to a superb third end with six perfect arrows, DELOCHE, GENET and BRASSEUR managed to take the lead back from their opponents. The French were ahead of the Spanish with only one end to go (174-172). RODRIGUEZ and teammates threatened their opponents in the last end. However, the French team could manage to keep a short 1-point advantage after the 24 arrows of the match to clinch the bronze medal on the final score of 231-230.
Seeded no. 1, team USA took a superb start with six 10s! With 60 points, BEAUBOUEF, BROADWATER and GELLENTHIEN were already 4 points ahead after the first six arrows. Their opponents from Great Britain, RIKUNENKO, BINGHAM and BUSBY, although shooting only four 10s in the second end, were overwhelmed by USA's superiority. The Americans repeated their first series, adding 60 additional points for a perfect 120 provisional grand total.
The level became very high with the two teams shooting a 60-point third end each! With a perfect score so far, the Americans could still beat their own world record of 239 set at the 2007 Indoor World Championships, but for that, they needed to shoot a fourth perfect end...
What a performance by the Americans! They did it! Perfect 240-point match for BEAUBOUEF, BROADWATER and GELLENTHIEN! Nothing to do for the British who clinched the silver medal with 232 points...
The two teams shooting for bronze Italy and Russia had a very close start. The Italians got a 1-point advantage after the first end, 58-57. SALVI, LONGO and SOLATO kept it in the second end when both teams shot 57 points.
Russia started the third end with another 57 points. However, an average of 9.5 points per arrow is not enough at this level and Italy increased the gap to 2 points. A fourth 57-point end for Russia did not allow them to come back at the end, despite three last 9s from Italy. SALVI, LONGO and SOLATO won the bronze!
The team USA started the gold final as the no. 1 seed. They also set a new world record with 236 points in quarterfinal. After six arrows, LARSON, ANSCHUTZ and HAMM led by 2 points, 58-54, against the British ladies BINGHAM, HOLDERNESS and HUNT.
In the second end, five 9s by Great Britain allowed the USA to increase their lead to 5 points at 116-111. The difference between the two team remained with only six arrows to go, after they both scored three 10s and three 9s in the third end (174-169 in favour of USA). The US team of LARSON, ANSCHUTZ and HAMM finally increased their lead even more in the last end with four 10s and two 9s for a victory and world title!
Recurve Junior Men
Exciting bronze medal match between Germany (no. 5) and Italy (no. 2)! The lead went from Italy in the first and two ends (57-55 and 112-111) to Germany after the third end (168-167).
The two teams did not seem inclined to let the bronze medal go, and they were tied after the 24 arrows of the match. In the shoot-off, however, the third shooter of Germany released an 8, thus offering victory to Italy.
Ukraine started the gold final as the no. 1 seed, whereas Chinese Taipei was no. 3. The Asian youngsters defeated no. 2 Italy in the semi-finals 226-223. MARCHENKO, KOMONYUK and IVANYTSKYY played their role as favourites starting with 59 points after six arrows and took the lead 59-55. With four 10s and two 9s, the Ukrainians added one more point to their advantage (117-112), after their opponents from Chinese Taipei shot three times 10 and three times 9.
Despite consistent shooting (two 10s and four 9s), KAO, PENG and YU were helpless in front of Ukraine's superiority. MARCHENKO and teammates even improved their shooting with five 10s and a 9 to lead 176-168 before the last end. The world title was destined for the Ukrainians who tied their own world record with 233 points!
Recurve Junior Women
The no. 1 seed team Ukraine recovered from yesterday's disappointment (they lost to no. 4 seed Poland in semi-final) clinching the bronze medal against Chinese Taipei (3). The first half of the match was tight: 56-55 and 114-113 in favour of Ukraine. But DUBAS, SICHENIKOVA and ZAKHARCHENKO made their effort in the second part of the match taking a 5-point lead before the last end (172-167) and finishing on a 4-point victory (228-224).
Shooting at home for gold and seeded no. 4, the Polish girls took a fantastic start with 58 points out of a possible 60. With 54, their opponents from Russia (no. 2) trailed by 4 points after six arrows (54-58). SEGINEVA, DOBYCHINA and BOMVOEVA seemed overwhelmed by what was at stakes and shot an 8 in the second end. With 109 points at the halfway mark, the Russians were 7 points behind Poland's 116 points.
With a little bit of luck, the next six arrows of WYCZECHOWSKA, KAMINSKA and BARAKONSKA caught the line and they increased their lead to 8 point, 172-164. Their opponents from Russia did not believe in their good chances any longer, and with two 7 in the last end, they left the gold medal and world title to the host country, Poland.
Compound Junior Men
The Spaniards AGUADO, ALVAREZ and VALVERDE took an early lead (57-54 and 114-110) in the bronze final. The Turkish COSKUN, OZBOSTANCI and USENMEZ came back to 2 points (168-170) before the last end, but they lost their footing in the last end, leaving the bronze medal go into Spain's hands, 223-228.
Shooting for gold, the Italians FANTI, DI BENEDETTO and POLIDORI took a strong start with five 10s and a 9. With 59 points, they took the lead by 1 point over the Americans with 58. Italy kept on the same elevated rhythm with another 59 end to double their advantage (118-116). The US team, made up with ABERNETHY, CLELAND and SCHAFF, shot the exact same end as the previous one.
The third end turned in the favour of the Americans who shot a six perfect 10s. This fantastic performance allowed them to tie the match at 176-176 after the Italians shot 58. The two teams finished with four 10s and two 9 and remained tied (234-234). Shoot-off needed to decide on the new world champions! With three 10s in the shoot-off, FANTI, DI BENEDETTO and POLIDORI became world champions!
Compound Junior Women
The Italian team took an early lead in the bronze medal match, 57-46 after the first six arrows. The score was then 112-101 and 169-154. The Italians BOGGIATTO, CAVALLERI and FRASSON defeated the local archers MACHAJSKA, OLESEK and SZALANSKA on the score of 224-208 to clinch the bronze medal.
The Russian team, with ARTEMOVA, KORBEYNIKOVA and ARTEMOVA took a 1-point lead after the first end of the gold final, 57-56. The Americans and the Russians shot the same score in the second end with three 10s and three 9s. The Russian 1-point advantage remained, 114-113.
However, PRUITTE, LANCE and NICELY benefited from an 8 by ARTEMOVA to recover and tie before the last six arrows (169-169). The Americans had found their rhythm. They finished the match with five 10s and a 9 and clinched the world title on the final score of 228-226.
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