The stars of British archery have again been in action in the Hyundai World Cup – this time for the third leg in Salt Lake City in the US.
Olympian Naomi Folkard beat Georgia’s Tsiko Phutkaradze 6-0 in her quest to reach the final stages of the third leg, which set up a last 16 showdown with the eighth seed and home favourite, Mackenzie Brown.
The American took the early advantage, edging the first two sets before Naomi fought back, tying the second two. But it was not enough and Brown progressed to the quarter-final where she was beaten by the top seed, Korea’s Chang Hye Jin.
Huston edged out
In the men’s competition, Rio Olympian Patrick Huston went head to head with Chinese Taipei’s Deng Yu-Cheng. Deng narrowly took the first two sets before Patrick fought back to tie the third. But Deng edged the fourth by a single point for a 7-1 win.
In the earlier rounds, Michael Judd beat Martin Hamor of the Czech Republic in a shoot-off but fell 2-6 to Vietnam’s Hoang Van Loc while Tom Hall was defeated 6-2 by Belgium’s Ben Adriaensen. An under-the-weather Bryony Pitman was beaten 6-2 by Saori Nagamine of Japan. Bryony told her Facebook followers:
Bit of a rough competition for me. I was fairly happy that I qualified in 20th, my first half was good but I made a few mistakes in the wind in the second half. Mixed team came 9th after losing the first match on a shoot off, again just struggling with the wind a little. On Thursday I got quite ill and didn’t have any energy, even walking to the target was making me out of breath! I wasn’t able to focus and so even though I shot mostly good shots they just didn’t hit the middle…the other girl shot really well! I finished in 33rd, which I’m not happy about but now to rest and get over this illness and bring something stronger and better to the European youth cup in a couple of weeks. Bryony pitman
Losing a shoot-off against Malaysia had denied Tom, Patrick and Michael a place in the recurve team semi-finals – and another shoot-off halted Patrick and Bryony’s progress in the mixed team competition.
The outdoor season continues at the forthcoming World Games and European Field Archery Championships, and the GB squads have been announced. Good luck to everybody taking part.
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