India wins a World Cup Final !
Dubai – 24 November 2007
Dola Banerjee from India has taken the World Cup Title in the Recurve Women division today in beautiful Dubai! She beat the Korean Choi Eun Young in a very tight and exciting match on a 70-meter floating platform at the Madinat Jumeirah Souk venue. In Men Recurve the best archer of the season, Russian Baljinima Tsyrempilov took the win over young, promising Mexican Juan Rene Serrano. In the Compound category, a pregnant lady, Petra Ericsson of Sweden won the World Cup title in the women’s side, while Salvadorian star Jorge Jimenez clinched victory in the men’s competition.
This gold medal match in Compound Women was to open the live TV coverage session. It featured the defending World Cup Winner, Sofia Goncharova from Russia and a pregnant happy lady, Petra Ericsson of Sweden. It was the Swede who shot first and she opened the match with a 9. Her opponent started with a liner, but it was a 9, as well. Ericsson went on strong with two 10s for a score of 29 out of 30. Goncharova was already trailing by 4 points (25-29). Ericsson did not want to let any point go and shot another 29-point end. She was thus leading by 7 after Goncharova shot 10-8-8 (58-51). How relaxed she seemed, the Swede! And she continued with a perfect triple 10 to reach 88 out of a possible 90, with only three arrows to go. Goncharova seemed totally out of her form on her side, and the match was clinched even before the last arrow. Petra Ericsson of Sweden was the first winner of the day and the new World Cup Winner in Compound Women on the final score of 115-105! When we asked Petra Ericsson how expecting a baby has impacted on her archery, she answered: “It affects me a bit but it’s been ok. Fortunately the baby kept quiet and still in the final because there had been a couple of kicks in the semi-final.” The bronze medal match in Compound Women was between the American Jamie Van Natta and the Russian Anna Kazantseva. The Russian left all hopes behind when she scored a triple 8, which is quite unusual for Compound competitors. Van Natta took advantage of this and clinched an easy victory (114-106) to win the first bronze medal of the day!
After the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens in 2004 and the Maya Pyramids in Mexico last year, Archery has just lived another fantastic competition on a special floating platform in wonderful Dubai! The Red Fort or the Asian Gate is already planned for New Delhi in 2008 and the bidding is opened for 2010 and 2011. Where will be the next incredible archery event!?
Ludivine Maitre Wicki
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