Unruh bests Osipova after tiebreak in battle of Olympic runner-ups
“It’s amazing. I’m still trying to understand and I’m just so happy that I’ve won the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final,” said Unruh.
“It’s a great end to the season. I didn’t dream it would be so successful and now I’m happy to head on holiday.”
The silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Unruh, jumped to a two-set lead over the silver medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Osipova, before the latter battled back.
A high-quality final finished in a single-arrow tiebreak.
There was room – and enough for Unruh to sneak inside.
She delivered a near-perfect arrow to take it.
Unruh, who flew out to Yankton solely for this morning’s event having skipped the worlds for police training, is the first German winner of the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.
“I didn’t expect anything. I just wanted to enjoy it and make strong shots, which I did,” said Lisa. “In the end, it paid off.”
Osipova’s silver medal matches the best-ever result for a Russian recurve woman at this tournament. (Ksenia Perova finished second in 2017.)
It also caps an exceptional season for the 28-year-old.
“Of course, I wanted to be first, but I’m happy with silver all the same,” she said. “I‘m really satisfied I’ve one so many medals this year.”
That also went to a shoot-off, Kumari having to comeback from two perfect opening volleys from Kroppen, but the Indian archer shot a weird six in the tiebreak.
“Normally, I don’t want to focus on [my opponent’s] arrow but it was announced very loudly,” said Michelle. “I know I just had to shoot something straight and strong.”
Competition concludes in Yankton with recurve men’s finals this afternoon.