The 12th edition of the European Indoor Tournament in Nimes (FRA) delivered the goods. A participation record with 1,100 athletes from 26 nations, an archery showroom filled up for three days.
The cream of indoor archers had arranged to meet in Nimes just a few weeks before the Indoor World Championships that will be held in Rzeszow (POL) from 4 to 8 March. For example, Natalia VALEEVA (ITA) competed in the women’s category. In Compound the women’s competition, not to be outdone, included double world champion 2007 Eugenia SALVI (ITA), Amandine BOUILLOT (FRA), Nichola SIMPSON (GBR) and Gladys WILLEMS (BEL). All these athletes fought for an overall prize money of about 100,000 Euros.
The Olympian Pia Carmen LIONETTI (ITA) faced young Elena RICHTER (GER) photo in the gold final. The German got off to a perfect start, leading 30-29 and then 58-57. The Italian lost all chances to recover at the third end with 9-8-10. At that moment, RICHTER led 87-84 and she finally clinched victory 115-112.
France’s Berengere SCHUH beat her fellow countrywoman Céline BEZAULT for bronze.
Conflict of generation but great friendship for this final! The double world champion SALVI faced her young teammate Anastasia ANASTASIO (ITA) photo who won several junior medals. ANASTASIO had the situation in hand in Nimes and started this final with 30 and 29 to lead 59-55. SALVI tried hard to put pressure, concluding with 30 and 29, but her young rival stood firm to clinch a first victory in the “big girls” category, 117-114!
Two Frenchwomen follow in the ranking, Elodie AMIARD and Annie CAVELLEC.
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