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Hoyt's Jay Lyon named male athlete of year

Manitoba Free Press


Honored in Canada

Lyon\'s aim is true: archer male athlete of \'08

THE sport of archery scored a bull\'s-eye Sunday when Jay Lyon was named by the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association as the Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year for 2008. Lyon\'s induction marked the first time in the award\'s 53-year history that the title went to an archer.


Lyon had the highest ranking in the Beijing Olympics of any Canadian archer since 1996, finishing 10th in the men\'s individual recurve competition. He lost his match to eventual bronze medallist Bair Badenov of Russia. Lyon was ranked 47th in the world but upset two top-20 archers to reach the round of 16.

"It feels really, really good," Lyon told Free Press sportswriter Randy Turner, after walking off the Olympic Green Archery Field Aug. 15. "I know the top 12 in the world are pretty much equal anyway. So it feels like I\'m one of the best. It feels great.

"I do feel a little disappointed because I was aiming for a medal," he went on. "But there\'s nothing wrong with what happened."

Lyon edged out runner-up Ben Schellenberg of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen volleyball team by only five points.



Hoyt is proud to have Jay as a part of our team, and we congratulate him on this outstanding recognition.




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