The first match of the afternoon was between Anastasia Anastasio (ITA) and Gladys Willems (BEL). The latter opened the match with 8-10-9, while Anastasio started with a triple 9. The match was tied at 27.
Willems continued with a perfect 10-10-10 end to take a big advantage over her opponent who shot a 6 (57-49). It was a tough experience for the young Italian archer to play at such a level. She held it well, though, with a triple 9 in the third end. However, Willems showed why she holds the World Record (1411) for the FITA Round: another 10-9-9 end for her and a lead of 8 points (84-76). No problem for Willems then to clinch the match and win bronze with a comfortable margin: 112-102.
Lee Sung Jin (KOR) versus Natalia Valeeva (ITA) for the bronze medal in Recurve Women. The Italian took the line first and opened the match with 29 out of a possible 30. It was Lee’s turn to shoot first for the second end, since she was trailing back by one point at that time. She scored a triple 9, while Valeeva scored a 7 with her fourth arrow and went on one with two perfect shots to keep her lead (56-55). The Italian even doubled her advantage in the third end: 84-82. The two archers proved very close to one another, as they were ranked 4th
in the qualifications. However, with a low 8-10-8 series, Valeeva let Lee come back and tie the match after the twelve regular arrows of the match. Shoot-off again… Valeeva with another poor 8 and Lee took victory with a 10.
Compound Women – Gold
Natalya Erdyniyeva (RUS photo FITA
The gold medal matches started with Anna Kazantseva (RUS) and Jahna Davis (USA) in Compound Women. The American archer, shooting at target no. 2, started with a low end of 25, possibly due to the wind, as it seemed to be a bit tricky today! Kazantseva took advantage of Davis’ bad start to take the lead immediately with 27. She even increased her advantage to three points halfway (54-51). Davis went on with a 10-10-8 series, while Kazantseva shot the same end but the other way around (8-10-10). At a result, the American kept trailing behind by three. With a perfect last end, the Russian clinched the match to win another World Cup stage (112-108). Kazantseva (RUS) earned a place in the World Cup Final!
Recurve Women – Gold
After the great Compound Men final, it was no. 1 seed Choi Eun Young (KOR) who faced Natalya Erdyniyeva (RUS) in the Recurve Women category. The Korean started with 7-9-9 for 25 points, while her opponent from Eastern Europe scored 28 with her first three arrows. Choi was trailing by two (54-52) in the middle of the match. Choi seemed she could recover, when she started the second half with a double 10. Unfortunately, she went on with an 8 and Erdyniyeva could keep her advantage (82-80). Both archers finished with a triple 9 and the new rising star of the Russian Federation won the gold (109-107)! She clinched a definitive spot in the World Cup Final!
Stage 3 of the Meteksan Archery World Cup 2007 is now over! The final stage will be held in Dover from 31 July to 5 August, and many places still remain undecided for the World Cup Final in Dubai on 24 November (maximum four spots per category). This augurs well for another exciting archery competition!