Wu Chunyan wins second world title of her career in ’s-Hertogenbosch

9 June 2019
’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
The 29-year-old has now collected six gold medals across three world para championships.

Wu Chunyan of China beat Milena Olszewska of Poland in four sets, 6-4, to win the recurve women’s open gold medal and the second world title of her career at the 2019 World Archery Para Championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands on Sunday’s afternoon.

“Four years ago, it came a lot easier; this time it was a little bit more difficult, but I want to practise more to get even better,” said Wu. “Every day, every second, I give my best in training.”

It was not a high scoring gold medal match.

Wu won the first two sets with sets of 25 points. She and Milena split the third and fourth, giving the Chinese archer what she needed to take gold, 6-2.

It is Wu Chunyan’s second world crown after she won the world para championships in Donaueschingen in 2015.

At this event, she seeded fifth over the ranking round and then beat Svitlana Shatkovska of Ukraine, Jo Jang Moon of Korea, teammate Gao Fangxia and, finally, Svetlana Barantseva of Russia in the semis to secure her second world final against Milena.

She received her medal from HRH Princess Margriet of the Dutch royal family, who is a keen supporter of para sport and watched the archery finals in the afternoon.

“I was very happy. I am really thankful to the Princess that she awarded me with a medal,” added Wu.

In the bronze medal match, Svetlana Barantseva of Russia beat reigning Paralympic Champion Zahra Nemati of Iran, 6-2. Barantseva did not shoot a single 10 in the match but averaged 8.6 points an arrow to Nemati’s 8.16.

The 2019 World Archery Para Championships take place on 3-9 June in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.