Alvarino cleans up in Turkey with recurve individual gold

Miguel Alvarino wins recurve men's individual gold at Antalya 2022

2015 World Cup Final Champion Miguel Alvarino Garcia has won gold in the recurve men's individual event at the first stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup.

World number 15 Alvarino, who seeded second in qualification, breezed past Australia's Ryan Tyack, shooting just nine arrows on his way to a 6-0 victory - his first gold in 24 World Cup stage appearances.

“I’ve been working hard to win a medal like this for years and I showed my best in the final," said Alvarino. "I will try to raise my performance and keep the levels consistent for the rest of the season so we will see where that goes.”

“I’ve always wanted to beat him," added Alvarino about overcoming Ellison in the final fours. "I’ve shot against him before and lost twice so to win it was amazing. I’ve always looked to him as a reference for how to be a successful archer.”

Tyack also had extra cause to celebrate, the silver was his first-ever individual medal in 22 World Cup appearances.

“I’m just happy that all my hard work in training has translated into the performances here." he said. "I’m happy to do everyone at home proud in such a big week for everyone. I’m looking forward to keeping that level high and seeing where it takes me in the coming events.”

The result means Alvarino who won the 2015 title in Mexico City, has booked his ticket through to another World Cup Final in Mexico, when the 2022 circuit concludes in Tlaxcala in  October.

Both archers had made the final after defeating the two top-ranked recurves in the world - Brady Ellison and Mete Gazoz - in their respective semifinals. Tyack seeing over Gazoz 6-4 and Alvarino winning a tiebreak 10-9 against Ellison.

The USA archer would go on to grab his second bronze of the day, defeating Gazoz 7-3 in the match for third place, which came after he took third spot in the mixed team event this morning.

For Gazoz, he looked at the positives in a week where was desperate to medal on home soil but came away empty-handed.

“It was a good competition for me, but of course I want to win," he said. "Fourth place is not a bad place for the first tournament of the season, I’m maybe happy, but I’m not sure yet. I won’t think about this week too much. I can shoot better than I have done, I know that, but I’m ready for the second stage of the World Cup.”

Final ranking: Recurve men's individual

  1. Miguel Alvarino Garcia, Spain
  2. Ryan Tyack, Australia
  3. Brady Ellison, United States of America