Round-up: Competition news from second stage of World Cup in Shanghai

15 May 2019
Shanghai, China
The Korean recurve women’s team extended its unbeaten run to six stages over 21 months.

The second stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup took place in Shanghai, China on 6-12 May. It was the second chance for archers to secure automatic spots at this year’s World Cup Final and join Medellin winners Sara Lopez, Mike Schloesser, Kang Chae Young and Brady Ellison.

Top qualifiers

Qualification at stage two saw Korea’s Lee Woo Seok and Choi Misun raise the recurve mixed team ranking round record by four points after scoring 688 and 680, respectively, as Korea took top seeds in all five recurve ranking round events.

Matt Sullivan took his first career pole at only his second World Cup stage with 712 points - after 711 at the first stage in Medellin - while Tanja Jensen beat her personal best to finish top of compound women’s qualification with 703.

During the week, Chinese Taipei upset off-pace Korean men in the recurve men’s team semifinals to make the Shanghai gold medal match against Turkey. Bangladesh qualified for its first finals appearance on the circuit after losing to the Turkish squad in the semifinals.

Ksenia Perova spoke about her world championship win in 2017; Andrea Marcos revealed how archery funded her career as a physiotherapist and Mikko Juutilainen focused thoughts on the European Games.

Preview articles for the finals showcased Kang Chae Young’s shot at a second consecutive stage victory and a case of experience versus rookie in the compound men’s final – where Braden Gellenthien would face Brend Frederickx.

Winners

  • Recurve men: Lee Woo Seok, Korea
  • Recurve women: Kang Chae Young, Korea
  • Compound men: Braden Gellenthien, USA
  • Compound women: So Chaewon, Korea

After So Chaewon called Shanghai a “one-time opportunity” to qualify for the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final early in the week, with it being the only stage the Korean compounds will attend in 2019, she shot 148 points in the compound women’s final to claim her first international victory.

Gellenthien got a little lucky in the compound men’s final, his Belgian debutant for an opponent gifting him an eight with his last arrow. And Lee Woo Seok also finished with an eight – to beat compatriot Kim Woojin for recurve men’s gold.

Kang Chae Young won her second consecutive stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup. The automatic space for the final available in Shanghai was therefore released, meaning four – rather than three – athletes will qualify on circuit ranking.

Medal count

  • ​Korea: 4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
  • USA: 4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
  • Chinese Taipei: 2 gold, 2 bronze
  • Turkey: 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Belgium: 2 silver
  • China: 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • Japan: 1 silver
  • El Salvador: 1 bronze
  • Iran: 1 bronze

Despite not making the finals, Choi Misun received the Longines Prize for Precision in Shanghai. The award is now presented on the percentage of 10s shot, rather than the number. Brend Frederickx was named most impressive archer of the event in our new subjective rankings.

The second stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup was held on 6-12 May in Shanghai, China. The circuit now moves to Antalya, Turkey for stage three, which starts on 20 May.