The outdoor archery season is now well underway and British archers have been in action in top class competition around the world.

Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai

Archery GB sent a strong squad to the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai, including Olympians Naomi Folkard and Patrick Huston. Both came close to quarter-final spots – Naomi came within one arrow, losing a shoot-off to Audrey Adiceom of France, with Naomi’s nine trumped by Adiceom’s arrow into the centre of the target.

Patrick lost out to 6th seed Atanu Das of India after a good run that included wins over Japan’s Naoya Oniyama and Muhammad Akmal Nor Hasrin of Malaysia.

Bryony Pitman‘s progress came to a halt in a shoot-off against Indonesia’s Ika Rochmawati, while Tom Hall – making his World Cup debut – got off to a great start against Canada’s Hamilton Nguyen before slipping to a 7-3 loss.

Tom told World Archery:

I put a lot of pressure on myself to come in and shoot a big score. There’s a lot to learn, lots to figure out about the nerves and the pressure. Tom Hall

Paralympians John Stubbs and Nathan MacQueen were at the competition primarily to test themselves in a different environment. They were making solid progress until John narrowly lost a tight battle with Eshaaq Al Daghman of Iraq, while Nathan was narrowly beaten by the Aussie Danie Oosthuizen.

Archery GB National Series

On the domestic front, Lizzie Foster solidified her position at the top of the Archery GB National Series compound rankings by clinching an excellent double. She beat Lucy Mason to take the stage 1 honours, while 4th seeded youngster Layla Annison was vanquished in the stage 2 event. Layla had enjoyed a wonderful run to the final, including a win over top seed Lucy O’Sullivan who went on to take bronze.

Last year’s National Series compound bronze medallist James Mason came away with the stage 2 title, while last year’s recurve bronze medallist Ashe Morgan took gold in stage 2.

The stage 2 recurve women’s title was claimed by Sarah Bettles of Nova Bowmen. The fourth seed faced Lizzie Warner in the final and took gold with a 7-3 triumph.

Congrats to everybody taking part in these events and in particular the medallists. We look forward to a great summer of archery.

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