Germany splits team bronze finals with hosts China
Germany’s recurve men beat China, 5-3, while the women’s team fell to the hosts of the first stage of the 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai, 6-2, in their bronze medal match.
“It was a great pleasure to shoot in this venue,” said Max Weckmueller. “From the beginning we were tied but then took a lead. It was close and exciting.”
“It’s my first world cup in Shanghai and taking a medal makes it perfect.”
“The wind here was a little bit tricky because it was always changing from front to back, right to left and the other way around. It was for both of us; China also shot a few reds,” said Florian.
A 57-point set in the third put the European athletes in the driving seat, before Kahllund secured the win with a last 10 to close the fourth set.
The sixth seeded team and featuring Olympic silver medallist Lisa Unruh, the German recurve women’s team didn’t find a rhythm in their bronze final. But, then, neither did China – with both squads landing sevens.
Two sets made the difference – a 53-point effort from China in the first, to Germany’s 51, and the last six arrows. The hosts took that, 54-53.
The first stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup takes place in Shanghai, China on 23-29 April.