Team Hoyt Shines Bright at Archery World Cup Stage 4 in Poland
August 11, 2014
The world’s best archers gathered in Wroclaw, Poland for the fourth and final stage of the Archery World Cup. A pivotal stage that would decide the fate of those archers looking to secure one of the eight positions in September’s World Cup Final in Laussane, Switzerland.
Archers fought their way through a windy qualification day, battled head-to-head through the elimination round and Team Hoyt shooters rose to the occasion to advance to medal matches and win the gold medal in all four categories of individual competition.
The biggest match of all being the Men’s Compound gold medal match between World Ranked #1 PJ Deloche (France) and World Ranked #2 Reo Wilde (USA). The two Pro Comp Elite shooters had squared off many times before, with Wilde historically holding the upper hand in head-to-head matches. But, a strong performance from Deloche secured him a repeat of the gold medal he had claimed in Wroclaw in 2013.
Women’s Compound featured a 1-2-3 Team Hoyt sweep with two thrilling medal matches that finished with one-arrow closest to center shoot offs. In the Gold Match, Colombia’s Sara Lopez, the #2 Ranked Archer in the World, was a favorite in her match against Cansu Coskun of Turkey. The two Hoyt shooters drew even after the 15-arrow match, and the 19-year-old Coskun’s arrow bested that of Lopez, earning her gold in her first ever World Cup medal match. Russia’s Albina Loginova went on to claim the bronze medal, also in a shoot off, completing the Team Hoyt sweep!
In Men’s Recurve, Rick van der Ven (Netherlands) shot strong all weekend, and was able to add Wroclaw gold to his silver medal from stage one in Shanghai. The 2012 Olympic finalist and 2014 Indoor World Cup Final Champion used his trusted combo of a Formula HPX riser and Formula Quattro limbs, which has helped him earn the #1 seed for the Final in Laussane. France Jean-Charles Valladont (France) was victorious over fellow Team Hoyt shooter Marcus Dalmeida (Brazil) in the bronze medal match.
To round out the gold medal sweep for Team Hoyt, Ika Rochmawati of Indonesia came away with gold in Women’s Recurve. Not only was it the first medal match for Rochmawati, but it was the first medal match that any Indonesian archer had ever been in, and Ika looked like an experienced veteran in her 7-1 set-system victory.
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