German women collect third circuit podium as India makes Paris final
Michelle Kroppen, Charline Schwarz and Katharina Bauer collected their third podium in three Hyundai Archery World Cup stages this season after beating Turkey for recurve women’s team bronze on Thursday morning in Paris.
“When we saw that we had to shoot against Turkey it was like, okay, it’s a rematch from the European Championships,” said Kroppen.
The German women dispatched Turkey in a shoot-off to take the continental title less than two weeks ago in Munich.
“They did very well because they beat Korea [here],” continued Kroppen. “But we already know we can beat them and we just have to try and stay focused on our shots.”
Germany won the first two sets with 56 points and finished with a 55 – a tied set – to take the match.
While they won’t leave Paris with a medal, it was the Turkish women’s upset of the top-seeded Koreans in the quarterfinals that left a mark on the brackets.
It cleared the way for an Indian team that had underperformed in qualifying, seeding just 13th, but was then exceptional during eliminations, averaging nearly 57 points a set through three matches.
“Last year we won the gold medal,” said Deepika Kumari. “No pressure. We are just focusing on ourselves and don’t think so much about the result. Today we shot very, very well.”
India will take on Chinese Taipei in the recurve women’s team final on Sunday morning.
Turkey did collect a medal during Thursday morning’s team eliminations. The Turkish men, led by Olympic Champion Mete Gazoz, beat Ukraine in three sets, 5-1, to take bronze and their first team podium of the season.
“My teammates are amazing people, amazing guys and I love it,” said Mete afterwards. “They are funny and it’s cool but sometimes we are too funny and we don’t focus.”
Number one qualifier Korea will face the third-seeded USA in the recurve men’s final this weekend in Chateau de Vincennes.
The States needed a tiebreak to beat Ukraine in the semis. Korea surrendered only two set points (to Switzerland) through three eliminations matches.
Competition continues in Paris with compound eliminations on Thursday afternoon.
Team results: Paris 2022
Results as of Thursday 23 June. The gold medal matches are scheduled for Sunday 26 June.
- Gold medal match: Korea versus USA
- Bronze medal match: Turkey 5 – 1 Ukraine
- Gold medal match: India versus Chinese Taipei
- Bronze medal match: Turkey 1 – 5 Germany