Turkey tops team qualification for 1st time on tour

17 July 2018
Berlin (GER)
Yesim Bostan ranked second individually, one point behind the top seed.

Turkey’s compound women’s team scored 2077 out of a possible 2160 points to take top seeding over the ranking round at the fourth stage of the 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Berlin, Germany. Yesim Bostan took the second individual seed with 698, Gizem Elmaagacli was 10th with 690, and Ayse Bera Suzer ranked 11th with 689.

“It’s perfect for us, the first time we did it and I hope we will go through eliminations to the gold medal match,” said Bostan, who is already qualified for the season’s Hyundai Archery World Cup Final after winning her home stage in Antalya.

Chinese Taipei and Russia finished second and third in compound women’s team qualification, each on a total of 2064 points. Taipei had more 10s.

The top seed in the individual ranking round was Russian, courtesy Viktoria Balzhanova with 699 points, ahead of Bostan and Denmark’s Tanja Jensen.

Jody Vermeulen, who won her first individual medal with the Dutch team in Shanghai, completed the top four with the same score as Jensen, 697 points.

Vermeulen’s score combined with Mike Schloesser’s 713 for a total of 1410 points and pole in mixed team qualification to set a new world record, following the World Archery executive board’s decision to add mixed team qualification records from Berlin.

“I only found out this morning that it was possible to do,” said Jody. “It’s the first time I’ll be in the mixed team, but I know Mike very well so I think it will work out.”

Jode and Mike, who’ve known each other for 12 years, shot cadet competitions together. Mike’s dad is also Jody’s coach.

Huang I-Jou, Sophie Dodemont, Andrea Marcos and Paige Pearce Gore completed the top eight in the compound women’s seeding, all receiving an automatic bye into the third round.

The fourth stage of the 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup takes place in Berlin, Germany on 16 to 22 July.