The Nigeria Archery Federation said it is setting its sight at Nigeria’s participation at major international championships with the ultimate aim of having Nigeria compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. At the end of a three-day National Archery Workshop and Championship in Lagos on Thursday, the federation’s president, Mohammed Abdullahi-Baba said a foundation […]
USA and Mexico win recurve Archery World Cup Final titles as 16-year-old gives Brazil medal-hope two years out of Rio 2016
Sixteen world-class recurve archers battled it out today as the 2014 Archery World Cup came to a close in the Olympic Capital – marking the halfway point between the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In an intense shoot-off, Brady ELLISON claimed gold in the recurve men’s competition. Crowd favourite Aida ROMAN delivered an outstanding individual and team performance to win the recurve women’s gold and the recurve mixed team final with Luis Eduardo VELEZ.
Recurve men’s winner Brady ELLISON said:
“I felt like it’s been too long since I won a tournament and I wanted to remind everyone that I’m still around and I’m still a threat. I mean…don’t forget about me! I will get ready for next year’s World Championships in Mexico and then begin my big push for Rio 2016.”
Sixteen-year-old Marcus DALMEIDA – Brazil’s flag bearer at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games – brought an extra level of excitement to the competition final as fans watched one of the sport’s youngest stars and anticipated host-nation medal contender for Rio 2016. DALMEIDA delivered a breath-taking performance to win silver in the recurve men’s event.
Marcus is the product of a development programme installed in Brazil in cooperation with World Archery looking towards nurturing talent in the host country of the next Olympic Games. The programme has since been used as a successful example for other sports within the nation.
During the course of the competition, World Archery stormed past the 100,000-fan mark on Facebook as spectators at home and in the arena enjoyed an enhanced interactive viewing experience through their smartphones and tablets via VoGo Sport. World Archery’s pop-up style event saw fans enjoy panoramic views of Lausanne harbour – a common feature in over fifty world-class archery competitions since 2006.
World Archery President and International Olympic Committee Executive Board member Prof Dr Ugur ERDENER said:
“This successful weekend of elite performance concludes another inspiring World Cup season for 2014. We aim to continue to introduce new technology and we are constantly innovating our competition format and sports presentation to ensure that archery remains surprising and attractive to fans worldwide.
“It is exciting to see the boost in archery’s global fan base as a result of these world-class competitions – as well as through the sport’s growing profile in popular culture and Hollywood films. Archery is now more appealing than ever, with an estimated 15 million archers practicing worldwide and millions more young people all over the world embracing one of the world’s oldest and most traditional sports.”
In the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Archery will open a state-of-the-art international training centre in Lausanne to increase participation from grass roots to elite level competition and go one shot closer to a world where everyone has the opportunity to make archery their first choice sport or pastime.
Together with the World Archery Accredited Partner Archery Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, and the support of the International Olympic Committee, both centres will provide coaching, training opportunities and share knowledge and best practice with all member associations worldwide.
The Archery World Cup final will return in 2015 for its 10th anniversary edition. Mexico City will host the final of next year’s circuit. Mexico hosted the inaugural World Cup Final at the Mayapan Pyramids in 2006.
Thirty-two of the world’s best archers assemble for two days of intense competition on the shores of Lake Geneva
The 2014 Archery World Cup Final, set in the heart of the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, got underway today, as the world’s best compound archers treated spectators to an intense, world-class display of precision archery set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Geneva.
After successfully navigating past the four qualification stages of the 2014 Archery World Cup starting with Shanghai, then Medellin, Antalya and ending in Wroclaw, eight of the best men’s and women’s compound archers – and the best mixed team of the year – were left to compete for gold at today’s season finale.
Spectators lined the shores of Lake Geneva to watch an event broadcast to millions of archery fans around the world, on Eurosport, RTS and other regional channels.
The crowd watched on as Bridger DEATON claimed gold in the Men’s Compound Final. Sara LOPEZ, put on an impressive display to take gold in the Women’s Compound Final while Bridger DEATON and Erika JONES won the Compound Mixed Team Final.
Delighted with his gold medal-winning performance, 20-year-old Bridger DEATON said:
“I would have been happy with the gold or the bronze, but I’m very glad it was gold! I still can’t believe it. Words can’t describe how I feel. I just became a World Cup champion!”
During the event, World Archery continued to test FalcoEye, an Electronic Archery Scoring System that automatically records the exact landing position of arrows in the target with an intricate and accurate laser measurement system. The potential is real-time graphics, advanced statistics and more – for fans at home and in the arena.
Speaking after the Compound Finals, World Archery President and International Olympic Committee Executive Board member Prof Dr Ugur ERDENER said:
“The athletes put on a superb display of competition today, not only for the Lausanne public but for millions of archery fans across the world. For the second time, the city of Lausanne has provided the ultimate backdrop for world-class competition.
“This is a very exciting time for our sport and for compound archery in particular. Compound archery’s historic inclusion in this year’s Asian Games will open up the discipline to new audiences across Asia and encourage a whole new generation to take up the sport. Archery is truly a sport for all and by participating in international events like the Asian Games we are able to move one step closer to living in a world where everyone has the opportunity to make archery their first choice sport or pastime.”
In tomorrow’s competition (September 7) archers will use the Olympic standard recurve bow where fans will get the chance to see the youngest participating athlete in the competition, Marcus DALMEIDA, who at 16 was Brazil’s flag bearer for Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.