World Championships concludes: Belek Antalya 2013 in facts and figures
The 449 participating athletes came from 69 countries, of which 248 were men and 193 were women. The World Championships, an event that usually features a good share of surprises, brought unexpected victories for young archers Maja JAGER (DEN), in the recurve women's event, and Mike SCHLOESSER (NED), in the compound men's final.
With 10 new world champions crowned, we can recap some of the highlights from the 47th World Archery Championships:Results All five continents were represented, and athletes from four of them took medals home. 30 medals were awarded to 15 different National Federations. Denmark, Colombia and The Netherlands won their first ever World Championship titles. Both mixed team titles were successfully defended. Top Korean pair KI Bo Bae and OH Jin Hyek won the recurve competition, which KI won with IM Dong Hyun in 2011. Italy won the compound competition, with the same double act that took gold last time: Marcella TONIOLI and Sergio PAGNI. France beat Korea in a recurve team match for the first time in history. The French team of Thomas FAUCHERON, Gaël PREVOST and Jean-Charles VALLADONT rose to the almost-invincible Korean armada, beating IM Dong Hyun, LEE Seungyun and OH Jin Hyek in a bronze-medal match that came down to the final arrow. The last two times these teams met was in the previous two world championships' gold medal finals. This French victory sent the Korean recurve men home without a medal in the team event for the first time in many years. Web and social media 190,000 users visited the World Archery website during the week-long competition, resulting in 10.15 million hits and 1.4 million viewed pages. 68,303 registered fans liked the World Archery Facebook page at the end of the event; most fans are between 18-24 years old. 9,711 people followed the World Championships on World Archery's Twitter feed. 29,050 people subscribed to World Archery's YouTube channel, Archery TV, by the end of the championships. TV Seven TV channels broadcasted or recorded live TV from the event: Eurosport, SBS in Korea, CCTV in China, NTV in Turkey, TV Deportes in Mexico, NOS in The Netherlands and Sport TV in Myanmar. Extensive news coverage was delivered in Denmark, Germany and Colombia. TV crews from KBS and NOS attended the event. A 26-minute highlights programme of the recurve and compound divisions will be broadcasted worldwide this month. Renowned visitors
Twelve IOC Members attended the event including the new IOC President, one IOC Vice-President, one Executive Board Member and, of course, the World Archery President.
The season now continues with the World 3D Championships in Sassari (ITA), the World Youth Championships in Wuxi (CHN) and the Para World Championships in Bangkok (THA). The start of the Indoor World Cup season will follow in November and December, with its first two events in Morocco and Singapore.World Archery Communication