Paris: 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage 3 Wrap-up

Stage 3 of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup was held in Paris

The historic Chateau de Vincennes was the dramatic finals arena for the third stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup which took place in Paris from 21 to 26 June 2022. 

Olympic host city welcomes biggest entry of 2022 circuit so far

The focus was on being focused in the French capital, host city of the 2024 Olympic Games.

Paris welcomed archers not yet directly qualified for the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final or those needing work to do in the rankings. Athletes who knew they would only have one more opportunity on the circuit this year if they did not make it this time.

The initial entry list of 360 athletes (212 men, 148 women) from 51 countries for Paris 2022 included Brady Ellison (recurve men), Deepika Kumari (recurve women) and Abhishek Verma (compound men) who all won the stage held in the city last year.

The fourth winner, Sara Lopez (compound women) was not in Paris, instead focusing on Colombia and their participation in the upcoming Bolivarian Games.

Three world number ones were also in Paris, with Miguel Alvarino Garcia (recurve men), An San (recurve women) and Mike Schloesser (compound men) attending, while Jyothi Surekha Vennam was the highest-ranked compound woman (world rank: 3).

Deepika Kumari made her 2022 circuit debut after returning to the Indian squad, telling us that ...every competition is different, every situation is different. But yes, I am excited to play for my country again”.

Rick van der Ven was hoping for an individual medal and El Salvadorian pair Roberto Hernandez and Sofia Paiz were shooting at their first event of the circuit as part of a competition tour.

Qualification at Paris 2022

Qualification

Dutch world number one Mike Schloesser (717) and Great Britain’s Ella Gibson (711) topped qualifying in the compound events - the same pair who won the season opener in Antalya in April.

Gibson’s score of 712 out of a possible 720 was one point more than her current European record for the 72-arrow 50-metre round, which she set at the Arizona Cup only two months ago.

“I’m not as happy as I probably should be,” she said, while Mister Perfect (Schloesser) shot a perfect 360 points for his first 36 arrows to record his best result on the Hyundai Archery World Cup since 2017 and sixth, successive Hyundai Archery World Cup top seed.

Vennam seeded second on her return, the Korean men’s team broke the world record with their teammates taking all five top recurve seeds.

USA win the mixed team event at Paris 2022

Teams

France won a medal on home soil at the first opportunity, winning women’s compound bronze with the USA men grabbing third place themselves. The home nation compound team then took gold in the men’s team event, pushing Turkey into silver.

Turkey would get gold though, with their women’s team beating Great Britain in the final. France lost their compound mixed team final with India with Great Britain pushed into third.

Korea’s men and Chinese Taipei’s women won both of their recurve team finals against the USA and India respectively.

Earlier in the week, Turkey’s men and Germany’s women recurve teams won bronze.

It was the third 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup podium in a row for the German trio of Michelle KroppenCharline Schwarz and Katharina Bauer - the same for Brady Ellison who was half of the USA gold medal-winning mixed team with Casey Kaufhold.

The Paris 2022 women's compound individual medalists

Individual

After making the compound final fours, Ella Gibson was tipped on the third edition of The Archery Show by new Archery GB Performance Coach Nicky Hunt (and our world feed live analyst) as winning the women’s individual.

Nicky was right, but Nicolas Girard proved her, others and maybe even himself, wrong by winning compound men’s individual gold.

Despite dispatching some key athletes on the way to the recurve final fours, British archer Penny Healey ended fourth. Utano Agu won gold after seeing off the Chinese Taipei challenge in the final

Brazil’s Marcus D’Almeida claimed gold the hardest way, defeating Oh Jin Hyek and Olympic champion Kim Je Deok on his way to booking his trip to Tlaxcala in October.

It was a gold to add to some big silver medals in his career – including his second place at last year’s world championships.

“I feel great,” he said. “In Korea (stage two), it was just a shoot-off that kept me out of the finals. We adjusted our aim over the last four weeks of work. This is my moment. I am so proud of where I am.”

Marcus D'Almeida at Paris 2022

What it means

The results meant that D’Almeida, Agu and Girard qualify directly for the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in Mexico where they will join the already-qualified Mike Schloesser, Bryony Pitman, Miguel Alvarino Garcia, Ella Gibson, Choi Misun, Kim Woojin and Kim Yunhee. 

It also meant that Woojin returned to the world number one rank in the recurve men, after his brief stay there last month. He replaced Alvarino Garcia.

San, Schloesser and Lopez maintained their top rankings, but Gibson, in the compound women rankings, is now just 3.5 points off of Lopez and (222.5 points compared to 226 points) and the Colombian legend’s world record stay at the top is seriously under threat.

What’s next?

Next month will see the circuit move to the Colombian city of Medellin for stage four.

Individual champions: Paris 2022

Team champions: Paris 2022

Medal table: Paris 2022

  1. FRA flag France: 5 (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
  2. IND flag India: 3 (1 gold, 2 silver)
  3. KOR flag Korea: 4 (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
    USA flag United States of America: 4 (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
  4. (No 4th place due to equal 3rd)
  5. GBR flag Great Britain: 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
    TUR flag Turkey (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  6. (No 6th place due to equal 5th)
  7. TPE flag Chinese Taipei: 2 (1 gold, 1 silver)
  8. BRA flag Brazil: 1 (1 gold)
    JPN flag Japan (1 gold)
  9. (No 9th place due to equal 8th)
  10. NOR flag Norway: 1 (1 silver)
    ESP flag Spain: 1 (1 silver)
  11. (No 11th place due to equal 10th)
  12. GER flag Germany: 1 (1 bronze)
    NED flag Netherlands: 1 (1 bronze)

Athletes representing 13 countries collected 30 medals across 10 events in Paris.

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