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elcome to Bow 133. For those of you following the international side of the sport, the crammed World Cup schedule before the imminent World Championships kicked off in Medellin last month. The compound side was fairly routine, but the recurve side saw two dominant performances from Korea's Kang Chae Young and the USA's Brady Ellison which showcased two different sides of the sport. I recommend watching the individual finals on YouTube. Kang, the 70m world record holder, has emerged as the in-form Korean woman of the moment, topping the national trials last month, then topping the table in Colombia, then pushing through to win with almost ridiculous ease and almost supernatural consistency. She shot 17 ends to take the title - two 27s, seven 28s, six 29s, and two 30s. No end was below 27, and her qualification arrows averaged at 27.9 points per three. Other archers had good runs of form, and she was pushed harder in the quarter final, but it was a victory for immensely high standards, perfect form - and consistency. There's no 'taking an end to warm up' any more. Chae Young is perhaps the most modest and least diva-like archer on the international circuit, and her scorecard invariably does the talking. Brady Ellison, however, was the opposite.

He walked into the arena a champion, and walked out one too. There was never any doubt. From the first end, he took control of the match, and you sensed no opponent would have had a chance. Ellison has hit a remarkable run of form recently, and I was reminded of a quote from the Beijing 2008 Olympic champion Zhang JuanJuan, who said this in 2015: “Your basic skill needs to be very strong, your movement and your technique, but what makes an archer a champion is their psychological quality, and their confidence they give out, because this is what gives them the ability to control the match. You need to have ‘heart’ as an archer and as an athlete. This is what makes the difference.” Ellison had 'heart' to spare in Medellin. There's a long way to go before Tokyo, but you sensed you might be looking at two people who will be standing on the podium at the end of next July - and maybe on the the top step.

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40 Medellin World Cup 2019 All the action from Colombia

43 Archery Library Emma Davis and Tom Hall tackle another one of the 'classics'.

46 Dellenbach on Korea The former French national coach reports on training in the Korean youth system

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Archery field in Tokyo completed Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, the venue for the archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was officially opened on Sunday 28 April 2019. At the ceremony, Hiroshi Yamamoto, a silver medalist at Athens 2004 and a bronze medallist at Los Angeles 1984, fired the ceremonial first arrow. The archery ground, costing around £6million, has 21 shooting lanes, making it the largest archery ground in the country. It is the first venue built specifically for Tokyo 2020 to be completed – the majority of Games venues are refurbishments of existing

facilities. The shooting line area is concrete with a special coating designed to reduce the heat buildup. The venue was built by the local Tokyo metropolitan government, rather than the Games organising committee, and will remain as a permanent archery field. The finals venue next door is a temporary construction for the Games and is yet to be built. World Archery president Prof. Dr. Ugur Erdener attended the ceremony, and said afterwards: “Yumenoshima Park Archery Field is the dream destination for many of our hard-working athletes around the world. In

just over one year’s time, the 128 archers in Tokyo will compete here for five gold medals for the first time in Olympic competition,” said Prof. Dr. Erdener. The venue is also set to host the Games test event from 12 to 18 July, which will see many of the world's recurve elite in Tokyo. The full schedule for all events at the Tokyo Games has now been released, and the archery events – along with spectator ticket information – is available here: https://archy. re/t2020gamesschedule Thanks to Phil Knall for the image

World and European records fall Italy’s Alberto Simonelli scored 707 out of a possible 720 points for the 72-arrow 50-metre ranking round to raise his own compound men’s open world record by one at the Fazza para archery world ranking tournament in Dubai, UAE. The 51-year-old was runner-up at the last Paralympic Games, and had held the record at 706 points since late-2015. “I didn’t expect to arrive in Dubai with the intent of shooting a new record, but I was aware of how I was doing and found myself at ease on this shooting field,” he said. “I shot with serenity and was relaxed, and this

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score was the result.” Simonelli (pictured) will attempt to qualify for his fourth consecutive Paralympics this year, after finishing with individual silver medals in both 2008 and 2016. In recurve competition, Turkey's Mete Gazoz scored 698 out of a possible 720 points for the 72-arrow 70-metre ranking round at the opening European Grand Prix of the year in Bucharest, to set a new European record with one of the highest qualification scores in history. The score comes just five days after Sjef van den Berg became the first European archer to break the 690 barrier.

Archery TV expands World Archery and the BBC have signed an agreement that will see the British national broadcaster show coverage of the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships and World Archery Para Championships on its digital sport platforms. This is part of a wider initiative to showcase a wider range of Olympic sports online in Great Britain. In a major boost to the sport on the Indian subcontinent, Sony Network has secured broadcast rights of major archery events to televise events in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the Maldives. Sony Network will be responsible for covering both the World Cup season and the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships. This follows an increasing slate of TV deals around the world to improve coverage of the sport. World Archery launched its first Spanish-specific broadcast highlights packages last year with a view to maximising audiences built

in Latin and South America over recent years. The Spanish-language versions of the programmes are available to television stations free-of-charge in territories without existing broadcast deals. It is hoped that the initiative will lead to greater public exposure for international tournaments and continue the upward trajectory of interest in archery in some of the sport’s key developing regions. Bryony Pitman (GBR)


Schloesser becomes knight World number one Mike Schloesser has been named a Knight of the Order of OrangeNassau as part of the 2019 King’s Day celebrations in his native Netherlands. The order is awarded to Dutch citizens who have "earned special merits for society." Schloesser, at 25 years of age, is one of the most successful compound men of all time. He is only the second archer to to win world championships in outdoor target, indoor target, and field. He was the first to shoot a perfect 600-point 18-metre ranking round and previously held

the world record for outdoor qualification. He also won the archery World Cup Final in 2016. “It’s an honour to receive the Order of Orange-Nassau,” said Mike. “It’s really special because I’m the youngest one this year and it means a lot of respect. It’s finally some recognition of all the things that I do. It’s really special to receive it.” The Order of Orange-Nassau is a historic order of chivalry that was founded in 1892. Since 1996, there have been six classes awarded: Knight Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, Knight and Member.

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very two years, World Archery holds a target World Championships. This is the longest running international competition in target archery, and has a history going back to 1931, when World Archery was still known as FITA. It was held every year with a break for WW2 – up until 1959, when it switched to every two years. The associated para-archery competition has been running since 1998 in the same years. Normally, the para competition is in a different city, but this year both competitions are being held in June in the Dutch city with the difficult name: 's-Hertogenbosch. Pronounced something like 'shertergemboss', luckily, locals and foreigners alike are happy to refer to it as Den Bosch ('den boss'). A smaller Dutch town with fortified walls and a rich history, its most notable resident was the artist Hieronymus Bosch in the 15th century. The 50th edition of the biennial event is shaping up to be the largest in history, with over 80 countries participating. The champs are important not just because of the world titles that are available, but because in the year before an Olympics they act as the primary qualification tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Games, especially for team places. There are 56 places available; the winners of the first team match after qualification each gain a precious three Olympic places for their country - 24 men, and 24 women, as full teams. There is also a secondary tournament which qualifies a handful of single spots. Four years ago, the

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championships and qualifiers were held in Copenhagen, in a tournament beset by violent wind and rain. For many nations and squads: this is the real competition. A world title is a big deal, but in our sport, gaining an Olympic place and then competing for your country remains the reference point for the rest of the world, and the mark of an archery career. Coming home with three spots for Tokyo is, on a national level, at least as important as winning a medal and often more so. For the compounds, becoming World Champion is perhaps the pinnacle of the sport. The individual World Champions are Song Yun Soo (Korea) and Sebastien Peineau (France). Song did not make the Korean team this year and is unable to defend her title, whereas Peineau will be returning – and in form. On the recurve side, the individual holders Defending recurve champion Ksenia Perova (Russia)

are Im Dong Hyun (Korea) and Ksenia Perova (Russia). Im, twice a world champion, did not make the final Korean team this year and will not be defending his title. Perova, a ferocious competitor and one of the most perennial dangers in the women's field, will be looking to take her brutal approach to archery back to the podium once more. At Bow, we decided to take a good look at some of the bigger archery nations who will be competing and what their chances might be. The sport remains dominated by Asian nations, but the results at last year's Asian Games hinted that the era of total Korean domination may be over – although it's still probably unwise to go betting heavily against them. It should not be forgotten that the host nation is still highly likely to walk away with medals, particularly on the men's side of the sport in both recurve and compound.

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The Dutch recurve men's team in action earlier this year

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Great Britain Copenhagen 2015 world bronze medallist Adam Ravenscroft is among the archers that has been named again to Great Britain’s compound team for the worlds. He’ll be joined by James Mason and Neil Bridgewater, the same team that won the compound men’s team title at the European Archery Championships in 2018. The British compound women’s team is named as Lucy Mason, Ella Gibson and Layla Annison. Uniquely amongst all nations competing, all three are juniors. The team beat the junior ranking round world record at the European Grand Prix in Bucharest, Romania in April. An exciting team full of potential, with an average age of just 17, they are looking to compete with the very best senior squads. Great Britain’s recurve team will not be announced until after the third stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, after Bow goes to press. It is expected that veteran Naomi Folkard will be competing – which would be her eighth consecutive appearance at an outdoor World Championships for Great Britain, of nine in total – and Bryony Pitman, who made a top eight finish in qualification at this year's Shanghai World Cup.

USA Three-time Olympic medallist Brady Ellison and newcomer Casey Kaufhold finished top of the USA recurve team trials for the world championships. They will be joined by Jack Williams, Tom Stanwood, Erin Mickelberry and five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig. It will be Kaufhold's first championships - but Lorig's GBR compound team for the Worlds

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squad that will compete at all top level events 10th. The more surprising omission from the in 2019. It marks returns to the team for team is Mackenzie Brown, who did not make it Olympians Lee Seungyun and Choi Misun, through the trials. She is the women's reserve. who last competed internationally in 2016 and The USA's senior recurve team has not 2017, respectively. seen a lot of strength in depth in recent years, All the Korean team now have a good deal despite a well-developed junior program. of international experience and there are Indeed, Stanwood and Mickelberry are not no apparent weaknesses. But after a deeply full-time athletes. It remains to be seen if the indifferent Asian Games last year – by their USA can qualify full teams for Tokyo in the standards – and many other nations hitting Netherlands. Ellison, however, has hit a rich similar heights, can the glory days seam of form recently and looks to last forever? The men's team be a serious individual podium Casey Kaufhold performance will be crucial. contender. (USA) The women's performance, Braden Gellenthien, Kris on point, is still Schaff, James Lutz, Paige untouchable and it would Pearce, Alexis Ruiz and be very surprising not to Cassidy Cox are the six see them contest the final. compound archers that Lee Seungyun and Kim will represent the USA. Woojin (twice) are both Gellenthien has finished on previous individual winners. the podium at the outdoor The last person to win a world world championships three times, title three times was Rick McKinney in accruing two bronze medals and a silver. He finished third in Mexico City in 2017. 1985. Indeed, a Korean recurve man has won the world championships 12 of the 13 times It would be his ninth appearance at an outdoor it has been contested since 1993. (Michele world championships. Frangilli of Italy upset the run in 2003.) The two veterans are joined by a first-time Kim Yunhee, So Chaewon, and Choi Bomin international in Lutz to attempt to extend are the compound women’s team. Kim Jongho, the USA’s strong record in the compound a two-time winner of the mixed team event at men’s team event. The US is the defending the worlds, Choi Yonghee and newcomer Yang world champion and has won seven of the 12 Jaewon are the men's team. available titles since compound was introduced to the championships in 1995.

Korea Kim Woojin, Lee Woo Seok, Lee Seungyun, Chang Hye Jin, Kang Chae Young and Choi Misun have been named as the Korean recurve


India remain a serious threat, most likely at team level, although many years of turmoil, financial problems and political issues may have taken their collective toll. The greatest Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari (India)

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The Hyundai World Archery Para Championships will be held immediately before the main World Championships, from the 3rd to the 9th June 2019, on the same field. Preliminary entries for the 2019 World Archery Para Championships numbered 304 from 48 countries. The event acts as the primary qualification tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. A total of 260 para athletes from 46 countries competed in the last para championships that was also a Paralympic qualifier, held in Donaueschingen, Germany in 2015. This event looks likely to top that in numbers. The last para championships were held in Beijing in 2017. Zahra Nemati, one of the most successful para archers of all time, is competing in both the World Championships and the World Para Championships.

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There are several other big archery nations that could produce the results. Perhaps the most interesting are the disciplined and worldclass squads appearing from Asian nations such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Kazakhstan, alongside the usual powerhouses of Korea, Chinese Taipei, China, and Japan. The world of elite archery is definitely still focused towards the East – although the big Western nations will hope to have plenty to say in the Netherlands.





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Aida Roman, Mariana Avitia, Alejandra Valencia, Angel Alvarado, Luis Alvarez and Ernesto Boardman have been named to Mexico’s recurve women’s and men’s teams for both the 's-Hertogenbosch Championships and Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The women's team is identical to the team that competed at the 2012 London Olympics, and suggests that no newer talents have come through the Mexican system recently. The nation has had significant issues within the sport at Olympic level in recent years.

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Reigning world champion Sebastien Peineau is set to defend his title in Den Bosch after France named its compound teams for the upcoming international season. “It feels great to be in the team and have the opportunity to defend my title from Mexico,” he said. “I know that if it’s a good week, I can

perform and have a good run. I also know that it can end really fast with the precision we’ve reached in our category," he said. Peineau beat Stephan Hansen of Denmark, who was the returning world champion at the time, in a shoot-off in the gold medal match at the worlds in Mexico City in 2017. He will be joined by Pierre-Julien Deloche and Jean Philippe Boulch. Deloche was runnerup at the world championships back in 2013. Sophie Dodemont, Clemence Fraigneau and Sandra Herve are the compound women’s team.



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star of all, Deepika Kumari, has never quite topped her gold medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010, although she remains perhaps the strongest chance for an individual medal. India’s recurve team for the Archery World Championships was selected on 16th March after three days of trial at the KIIT University in Bhubaneswar. The men’s team is comp­osed of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav wh­ile Deepika Kumari, L Bo­mbayla Devi and Komalika Bari make up the women’s team. Archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das announced their engagement earlier this year. The compound team is not yet settled, after further turmoil in the Indian squad and a doping allegation levelled at one member. It remains to be seen exactly who will attend.



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