Mike Schloesser tops compound men’s field with 713 in Medellin

24 April 2019
Medellin, Colombia
Medellin is the first official event of the outdoor season.

Mike Schloesser scored 713 out of a possible 720 points for the 72-arrow 50-metre ranking round to finish first over the compound men’s ranking round at the first stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Medellin, Colombia.

“It felt good. I struggled a little bit in the beginning with the wind, but I was making really good shots and that ended up good. Second half, I started with less good shots, but I ended up in a good position,” said the Dutch world number one.

Mike shot 355 for his first 36 arrows and followed it up with a 358-point back half.

“It’s a good score. It gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year,” he added.

The USA’s Matt Sullivan, shot an international personal best of 711, landing second, and Peter Elzinga followed in third with 706 points.

“I’m actually really, really happy. The conditions were really hard at times, so I had to maintain a good focus and that’s what I did, I paid attention to the wind and I shot good,” said Peter, whose only career World Cup stage win came in Medellin in 2014.

“I have good memories here, so hopefully I can take them with me to the final rounds and be on my best and see what happens there.”

Federico Pagnoni, Roberto Hernandez, Tate Morgan, Jagdeep Teji Singh and Sergio Pagni completed the compound men’s top eight.

Pagni won this event when it was held in Medellin last, in 2016.

Hyundai Archery World Cup debutant Jagdeep Teji Singh, with teammate Sara Lopez, beat the compound mixed team world record, previously held by Korea, by three points. The pair totalled 1415 out of a possible 1440 points. Sara had 713, Jagdeep 702.

“It’s amazing,” said Singh. “Sara is a great friend of mine, she has always supported me, and we have always worked for this, to be the best version of ourselves every time.”

The USA, Netherlands and Italy took the top three seeds in the compound men’s team event.

Competition at the first stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Medellin, Colombia runs until Sunday 28 April.