Sonnichsen sets new European record in Shanghai

17 May 2017
Shanghai (CHN)
The Dane beat her old European record by a point during the Shanghai ranking round.

Denmark’s Sarah Sonnichsen, the runner-up at the Odense 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final, scored 707 out of a possible 720 points to top the compound women’s ranking round and set a new European record subject to ratification by a point at the opening stage of the 2017 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai, China.

The score was a single point more than the previous continental record, also held by Sonnichsen, since mid-2016.

“I’m trying my best this year to step up my game a bit. I’ve been working on some stuff, mentally, because I have it kind of hard sometimes. This year, I’m going to be more prepared. I tried it last year so I know what to work on,” she said.

“It was all brand new for me last year so now I’m more used to how the game is, how people are, how I’m supposed to be in the finals, how I’m supposed to shoot. I’m gonna do my best and work with what I’ve got.”

Sonnichsen said conditions were excellent but, with minimal wind affecting archers on the shooting line, she found it easy to keep her aim in the middle – and only had a few arrows land to the left and the right of the 10-ring.

Colombian world number one, and world record holder for the 72-arrow 50-metre round, Sara Lopez was second over compound women’s qualification in Shanghai on 701 and So Chaewon, of Korea, third with 699 points.

The first stage of the 2017 Hyundai Archery World Cup runs 16 to 21 May in Shanghai, China.