Photo essay: Team eliminations at Antalya 2016
In the header: Inge van Caspel, one third of the Dutch women’s team, takes aim during the semifinals. The Netherlands compound women face Russia for team gold on compound Saturday in Antalya.
1. States go for two
Reo Wilde, who was the fourth man on the team in Shanghai, is pictured shooting in the compound men’s team semifinal against Denmark. The US beat Indonesia and India before taking down the 2013 World Archery Champions, 234-232, to claim a gold final berth.
The States men have made all three finals on the circuit this year, have a silver and a gold – and a chance to add a second in Antalya.
2. Not threatened
The Korean women surrendered just two sets points in three matches as they cruised towards another final. That set loss came on an event-low set score of 54 out of 60 points in the quarters against the USA.
Still, they rallied and smashed in three consecutive 57s to take their semifinal match over Italy.
3. Four years ago
They fell short to Mexico in the semis, 5-3, but the Mexicans still need a team spot for Rio, while the US men sit pretty on their tickets to Brazil.
6. Out of time
There was drama in the first round of the compound women’s competition. The second-seeded Danes appeared to take a narrow victory over Great Britain, but the match judge deemed the last arrow of the Danish team to have been shot out of time.
An appeal was lodged, but the decision upheld, and Denmark was docked an arrow score – and the Brits went through.
(Indonesia then beat Britain in the quarterfinals.)
7. World Champion
The Russian recurve women’s team took a slightly-unexpected world title in Copenhagen in 2015. An in-form Korea in the Antalya final will be a good test of their form at this stage in the Olympic lead-up.
8. Italian roll
Italy’s compound men lost the final in Medellin to the USA. Fast forward one stage and Pagni, Nencioni and Pagnoni have another crack at the States. Same or different story?