Sara Lopez takes 2nd win of season in Salt Lake

24 June 2018
Salt Lake City (USA)
The Colombian archer also collected gold in the compound women’s team event.

Three-time Hyundai Archery World Cup Final Champion Sara Lopez beat Linda Ochoa-Anderson of Mexico by 17 points, 140 to 123, to claim compound women’s individual gold at the third stage of the 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Salt Lake City, USA.

“I’m very happy. It was a very difficult week with very tricky and windy conditions that affected not just me but everyone else,” said Sara. “My goal was to win both individual and team gold medals today.”

The Colombian archer scored a perfect 30 points with her first three arrows to take a five-point lead over Ochoa-Anderson, who scored 25 – an advantage she steadily increased over the next four ends to 18 points.

“It was a very difficult match but I managed to make good shots from start to finish. I didn’t let the wind affect me and I’m really happy with the outcome. I respect Linda a lot and I’m pretty sure we will meet in many more final matches in the future,” she added.

Lopez averaged 9.3 points per arrow over Linda’s 8.2, and landed only one of her 15 arrows in matchplay out of the yellow ring. She said the victory was dedicated to her grandmother, who’s been in intensive care for the past couple of weeks in Colombia.

“I haven’t known if she can hear me,” she said. “But I promised I’ll do it for her.”

France’s Sophie Dodemont won the compound women’s bronze medal ahead of Amaya Amparo Cojuangco of the Philippines with an arrow to spare, shooting an eight to win, 133-125.

The third stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup takes place in Salt Lake City, USA on 18-24 June.