Schloessers score double win at Wohlen Invitational in Switzerland
Mike and Gaby Schloesser, Florian Faber and Meeri-Marita Paas took the individual podiums at the Wohlen Invitational, the live event held to coincide with the first online stage of the 2021 Indoor Archery World Series.
More than 2400 people submitted scores for the tournament. Sixteen lucky archers were invited to compete at this showcase event in the north of Switzerland.
Archers travelled from Estonia, France, Sweden and the Netherlands to take part. But one category was dominated by the hosts. Florian Faber led a Switzerland sweep Sunday in the recure men’s competition.
Faber defeated fellow countryman Valentin Choffat, 6-2, to win gold in his first international competition in several months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was very tough to shoot after such a long time in a competition, and then also like this,” said Faber said, referring to the social distancing restrictions in place at the tournament and mask covering his mouth for the interview. “But it was quite nice to shoot again against international competition. I’m happy that they could come in such times.”
Gaby claimed recurve women’s gold over Maxine Pichonnaz, 6-0.
Mike, meanwhile, took first in the compound men’s category, 149-147, over Robin Jaatma of Estonia. The world number two was the first to blink, dropping his single point in the final first – an arrow leaking just high on the top spot – before Jaatma lost control of one in the fourth.
The reigning champion of the Indoor Archery World Series (and Hyundai Archery World Cup, too), Schloesser displayed the form that’s taken him to so many international titles before. He drilled three 10s in the last end as the pressure hit Jaatma.
“We just counted – it’s been nine months since my last competition,” said Schloesser, who was honest about the unexpected nerves he was feeling throughout the weekend. “It’s been a really good feeling, especially when you can win at the end.”
Fellow Estonian Meeri-Marita Paas redeemed Jaatma by winning gold in the compound women’s event.
The Wohlen Invitational was hosted by PH Archery, a shop in northern Switzerland owned by Swiss international Patrizio Hofer. A 3400 CHF prize fund was on offer.
All 16 archers who competed had their scores automatically entered into the online results for the November stage of the Indoor Archery World Series. Confirmed results for that event are expected over the next couple of days.
The Indoor Archery World Series continues with its second online stage on 19-20 December. It will be accompanied by another small live event.
The 2021 Indoor Archery World Series is a mass-participation circuit of live and online archery tournaments.