Perova’s 9-year wait for individual title over

12 June 2017
Antalya (TUR)
A key part of the Russian’s world and Olympic success collected her first individual win in Antalya.

Ksenia Perova took the first major individual title of her career in Antalya in dramatic style.

A runner up at the stage in 2016 and in the arena for a final in Shanghai to open the season, her recent strong consistent form has been a key factor in the Russian women’s team biggest gongs – an Olympic team silver in Rio and the team World Archery Championship title from Copenhagen. 

However, she had never taken down a big individual gold medal, and was up against the talented, but erratic, Lin Shih-Chia of Chinese Taipei in Antalya.

The archers split the first two solid sets; in the third, Lin shipped a six on the second arrow, but recovered with a strong ten to save the set and split the points for 3-0. Perova dug deep and produced a 29 to take the fourth, but shot eights in the fifth to force the only shoot-off of the weekend. 

The Chinese Taipei athlete had survived three unscathed on her way to the final, but her luck had run out; her weak nine in reply to Perova’s strong nine was not enough, and a distraught Lin had to settle for silver at another major final – by about two centimetres - and deny Chinese Taipei a sweep of golds on the weekend. 

An emotional Perova was overjoyed: “in nine years of participating in World Archery events, I’m just so happy and glad, and full of emotion right now.”

“When I shot the nine I wasn’t happy, because I thought I would need a ten to win against her. But I had a little hope. When she shot the nine and it was further away I felt blessed.” 

“I am planning to shoot until Tokyo for sure. After that, we’ll see.” 

In the women’s bronze medal match, Le Chien-Ying won easily, burying Ana Maria Rendon 6-0 in a one-sided contest.

The second stage of the 2017 Hyundai Archery World Cup runs 6 to 11 June in Antalya, Turkey.