The first stage of the 2014 Archery World Cup took place this week in Shanghai, China. Win&Win Archery shooters opened the outdoor season with plenty of medals! Here are the best moments and actions of this first stage.
In the recurve men category, Hideki KIKUCHI from Japan, the 33 seed, who’s climbed team and mixed team podiums internationally in the past – but never won an individual event, wins his first international competition. Matched-up against France’s Pierre PLIHON, an even greater underdog, KIKUCHI was consistent in waning light on the banks of Shanghai’s Huang Pu river. He is using the Inno AL1 handle and EX limbs.
In the recurve women category, China's XU Jing, after winning the first set, went quickly downhill. Shooting in front of a loud and encouraging home crowd, she couldn't upset her opponent. An interesting aside: XU Jing may have some kind of silver curse. She had team silver at London 2012, individual silver at Belek 2013 – and now silver again!
Australian team led by superstar archer and individual Indoor World Champion's Ryan TYACK along with Taylor WORTH - both Win&Win Archery shooters - and Matt GRAY, was facing top Japanese archers KIKUCHI, FURUKAWA, IWATA - all shooting Win&Win products! in the recurve men team's grand final. Japan didn't leave Australia any chance to win a set. In three quick sets Japan dropped just 10 points over 18 arrows. It was a clean win for a team that’s been efficient since beating China in a first-round shoot-off. "We had quite difficult conditions at the World Cup but thanks to the amazing speed and performance of my innoMAX we were able to not worry as much about the weather and reach the team final. Although the win would be great we are still proud of our achievements and our equipment" said Ryan TYACK.
In the mixed team event, Great Britain's archers Naomi FOLKARD and Larry GODFREY won the bronze medal.
Congratulations to all Win&Win Archery prostaff archers ! You are born to win !
Read the full stories of the competition on www.worldarchery.org and W&W Archery Fan Reporters on archery.tv
Photos credit : World Archery