Medellin: 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage 4 Wrap-up

Medellin 2022: Fans

The Unidad Deportiva de Belen, the training field of the Colombian national team, and Parque del Rio finals arena hosted nearly 300 athletes for the fourth stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup which took place in Medellin, Colombia from 18 to 24 July 2022. 

'City of eternal spring' delivers memorable moments

The Colombian metropolis returned as the Americas leg of the Hyundai Archery World Cup after hosting a stage from 2013 to 2016 and in 2019.

The question on everyone's lips (except for the archers themselves maybe) was: 'can Sara Lopez / Brady Ellison qualify for Mexico?' Neither had so far and both were in danger of not making it, Ellison the most vulnerable.

Lopez was, statistically, having her worst season since 2016 in terms of scoring power and was yet to make a final four on the circuit in 2022.

Could she overcome the World Games final loss against Ella Gibson just a few days previously, and with it, her world number one spot?

Marcus D'Almeida was also fresh off his Paris gold medal-winning performance, a result which he had already dreamt as archers from across the continent, many appearing in their first stage of the season, descended upon Colombia.

Qualification: Medellin 2022

Qualification

It was a masterclass with the compound as Mike Schloesser and Ella Gibson topped qualifying for her third stage this season, following the season opener in Antalya in April and last month in Paris.

Both world number ones scored 712 out of a possible 720 points for the 72-arrow 50-metre round. With Schloesser recording his seventh, straight top seed. “I am really happy, I came here to extend the streak,” said the Dutch legend.

For Gibson, it was a career-best and beat the European record she shot earlier this year. After shooting 359 out of a possible 360 for the first 36 arrows, she looked odds-on to break Sara Lopez’s world record of 713 points – and on Lopez’s home ground, too, but she dropped points in the second half of qualification. She needed a 60 from her last end – but dropped two nines.

“To be honest, I’m feeling pretty angry and disappointed with myself. I was really close to the world record and I feel like I let it slip again so I’m probably not as happy as maybe I should be,” said Gibson, who had knocked Lopez off the world number one ranking spot at the beginning of the week.

In the recurve, An San led the Korean domination, recording her best total since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to seed top in the recurve women, while Kim Je Deok secured number one in men.

Medellin 2022: Teams

Teams

A taster of the soon-to-be-played compound women's individual semifinal between the new and old world number one and two in Sara Lopez and Ella Gibson, saw the Lopez-led Colombia win compound women's team gold, defeating Great Britain in the final, 232-228.

"I am very happy because the goal of the day for me was this medal," said Lopez, who shot with Maria Valentina Suarez and Alejandra Usquiano. "The individual medal takes a back seat when you have a team responsibility. I already have individual medals, and for me the objective was the team gold."

The compound mixed team gold went to Denmark, who defeated the USA 157-150, with the USA's Linda Ochoa-Anderson securing silver in her 41st and final Hyundai Archery World Cup stage appearance.

In the compound men's team final Colombia could not make it another gold, losing 231-233 to France. The US took men's bronze, defeating Korea while Korea's women won their third-place match, defeating Mexico.

Further medals came for Korea's teams in the recurve, with their men's and women's teams winning both golds on offer, both games ending 6-0.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion trio of Korea's Kim Je DeokKim Woojin and Oh Jin Hyek breezed past Spain for gold to take their third, successive stage win in a row.

"It went well, like how we practiced and thanks to two veterans in Oh Jin Hyek and Kim Woojin I could rely on them and then we could [play] our own game here,” said 18-year-old Kim Je Deok.

Korea's recurve women's team Olympic Champions An SanKang Chae Young were joined by youngster Lee Gahyun and they also took gold over Great Britain, putting to bed their seventh place finish at stage in Paris, France last month.

“After we had a little bit of disappointment in Paris, we had practised more and then we tried to be much better than that," said An. "That really helped us to win this stage.”

Lei Chien-Ying and Tang Chih-Chun of Chinese Taipei defeated USA’s Casey Kaufhold and Jack Williams in a shoot-off in the recurve mixed team event.

Brazil's duo of Ana Luiza Sliachticas Caetano and Marcus D'Almeida caused an upset by beating the Olympic Champions San and Je Deok to win bronze, the same colour medal which Germany's men's and Mexico women's teams won.

    Medellin 2022: Individual

    Individual

    Britain's Ella Gibson became the first Hyundai Archery World Cup triple-stage winner since 2016 after defeating Dafne Quintero (147-141) in the compound women's individual final.

    “I became world number one at the beginning of this week [and] that puts a lot of expectation on yourself," said Gibson after her stage four victory on the 2022 circuit, which had followed her stage 1 and stage 3 golds.

    Gibson had defeated Lopez (148-146) in the semifinals to go 2-0 up in their fledgling series. They first met in the World Games final in the USA earlier this month.

    The USA's James Lutz booked his Hyundai Archery World Cup Final spot with a win over Miguel Becerra after his Mexican opponent recorded a miss with his fifth arrow and was left with too much to catch-up.

    "I'm happy that I'm going to Mexico but I’m heartbroken for Miguel," said Lutz, who immediately consoled his opponent when their match completed. Becerra had seen off Mike Schloesser in his semifinal via a tiebreak after the Dutchman had a strong flinch when needing to shoot a 9 to win and shot an 8.

    In the recurve, An San and Kim Woojin celebrated their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games anniversary with recurve women's and men's individual golds in Medellin.

    Woojin had already won his place in Mexico with a stage win in Gwangju in May, and dropped just three points in his gold medal clash against Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Mauro Nespoli, winning 7-1. Spain's Miguel Alvarino Garcia defeated the USA's Jack Williams 6-4 for bronze.

    Top seed An headed up an all-Korean podium in the recurve women's individual after defeating Lee Gahyun 6-2 in the final. Kang Chae Young defeated Katharina Bauer for bronze.

    "It's very memorable for me this month because I got the gold medals a year ago," said An about her triple podium-topping performance 12 months previously in Japan (she won the recurve women's individual and team event plus the recurve mixed team event).

    Even though the stage winners took centre stage and rightly so, home nation hero Sara Lopez added yet another accolade to her impressive list, setting a world record with a 150 in her bronze medal compound women's match against Andrea Becerra.

    Medellin 2022: General shot

    What it means

    What doesn't it mean?

    Well, one thing is for sure, all 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final spots were confirmed (except for the names of who will take the host nation allocation spots for Mexico). 14 recurve (7 in men's, 7 in women's, plus one host spot each) and 14 in compound.

    In recurve, Kim Woojin had already qualified thanks to a previous stage win, with An San now joining the list of stage winners and Mexico ticket holders.

    Through on points are Mete Gazoz, Kim Je Deok, Mauro NespoliKatharina Bauer, Kuo Tzu Ying and Pen Chia-Mao. Previous stage winners Miguel Alvarino Garcia, Marcus D'Almeida, Bryony Pitman, Choi Misun and Utano Agu join them.

    In on points in compound women are Dafne Quintero, Alejandra Usquiano, Lisell Jaatma and Tanja Gellenthien. Triple-stage winner Ella Gibson was already through as was Gwangju winner Kim Yunhee

    Mexico's Andrea Becerra did not claim her direct ticket in Medellin but could qualify as the second Mexican compound woman behind Dafne Quintero thanks to those host allocation places.

    James Lutz joined Mike Schloesser and Nicolas Girard as stage winners in the compound men's competition, plus Mathias Fullerton, Jean Philippe Boulch, Jean Pizarro and Braden Gellenthien on points.

    Brady Ellison squeezed through to Tlaxcala on points thanks to compatriot Jack Williams not being able to claim gold, while  Sara Lopez also made it the hard way to Mexico too.

    Who would have thought that last year when both were going for their record-breaking sixth Hyundai Archery World Cup Final titles in Yankton?

    What’s next?

    The big one. A long wait , but it's worth it: October will see the world's best archers converge on Tlaxcala, Mexico for the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.

    Six-time circuit winner Lopez and five-time winner Ellison will be there.

    Finally.

    Individual champions: Medellin 2022

    Team champions: Medellin 2022

    Medal table: Medellin 2022

    1. KOR flag Korea: 7 (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
    2.  USA flag United States of America: 4 (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
    3. GBR flag Great Britain: 3 (1 gold, 2 silver)
    4. COL flag Colombia: 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
    5. FRA flag France: 2 (1 gold, 1 bronze)
    6. TPE flag Chinese Taipei: 1 (1 gold)
      = DEN flag Denmark: 1 (1 gold)
    7. (No 7th place due to equal 6th)
    8. MEX flag Mexico: 3 (2 silver, 1 bronze)
    9. ESP flag Spain: 2 (1 silver, 1 bronze)
    10. ITA flag Italy: 1 (1 silver)
    11. NED flag Netherlands: 1 (1 bronze)
      GER flag Germany: 1 (1 bronze)
      = BRA flag Brazil: 1 (1 bronze)

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

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