Gibson makes history, Schloesser unstoppable in Antalya

Ella Gibson wins gold at the first stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup

Great Britain's Ella Gibson and Netherlands' Mike Schloesser have won compound individual gold at the first stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey.

Their podium-topping performances ensures their direct qualification through to Tlaxcala, Mexico for the World Cup Final in October.

Gibson became the first British archer in 10 years to reach a World Cup stage final and first in 12 years to win individual gold when she defeated 2013 World Cup Final Champion Alejandra Usquiano, 147-145.

The win was also Gibson's first-ever World Cup stage victory.

“It’s amazing, I still can’t really believe it if I’m honest," said the 21-year-old. "It wasn’t in my plans for this year. I was thinking if it happens, great, if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t."

"I did not expect to get there (World Cup Final) after one stage that’s for sure. I thought if I were to qualify then I would scrape through with decent performances from all the World Cups rather than just one stage, but I’m happy it turned out this way instead.”

Estonia's Lisell Jaatma defeated Chinese Taipei's Chen Yi-Hsuan (149-146) in their third-place clash, to record her second bronze of Antalya 2022 following her compound women's team medal earlier this week.

"Two bronzes is pretty good," she said directly after her individual victory. "Those two are my first medals so to get them here for the first time is really special. It means so much. I haven’t spoken to anyone yet but I know everyone will be really happy. My mum is here so I can’t wait to tell my dad back home."

Mike Schloesser shoots his way to gold at Antalya 2022

Schloesser, reigning World Cup Champion and world number one, defeated Adrien Gontier 148-142 in the compound men's individual final and shows no signs of slowing down his form from last year.

In 2021 he seeded top and finished with a medal in all three Hyundai Archery World Cup stages and at the very first time of asking in 2022, reminded his competitors of his intent, seeding top - and now winning - in Antalya.

"It’s very important to start off at the right pace for the season," he said. "I’ve been putting a lot of hard work in and seeing it pay off definitely means a lot. The level I shot today was way more than (I did in) the elimination matches, and I was happy to see that level come out today."

"I always want to defend my title and to get that ticket at the first stage is very relieving and satisfying."

It will not come as a relief for the French pair of Gontier and bronze medallist Jean Philippe Boulch, who Schloesser also beat, with the defeated Gontier admitting divine intervention may be the only way to knock 'Mr Perfect' off the top.

"Against Mike you know you have to hit around 150 and pray a little bit," said Gontier about losing the final. "It is disappointing to lose, but it is still a silver medal which I’m very happy with."

Competition in Antalya continues and concludes tomorrow with the team and individual recurve medal matches which can be watched through a variety of different ways

Final ranking: Compound men's individual

  1. Mike Schloesser, Netherlands
  2. Adrien Gontier, France
  3. Jean Philippe Boulch, France

Final ranking: Compound women's individual

  1. Ella Gibson, Great Britain
  2. Alejandra Usquiano, Colombia
  3. Lisell Jaatma, Estonia