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The two-time world champions ROHRBERG and COUSINS lead the field

15 August 2012
Val d’Isere
Over 250 competitors of the World Archery Field Championships shot their unmarked courses in Val d’Isère today. The two-time world champions Sebastian ROHRBERG (GER) and Dave COUSINS (USA) shot the highest score of their respective categories. 

  Under blue skies and warm weather, the archers competed in the qualification roundat the World Archery Field Championships in Val d’Isère. All competitors shot 24 unmarked targets with distances between 5 to 60 metres. Each athlete was required to shoot three arrows per target with a maximum of 6 points per arrow. Tomorrow, they will complete the qualifications with another course of 24 targets—this time the distance for each target will be known beforehand.   Recurve Men Sebastian ROHRBERG (GER), two-time world champion shot 378 points placing him in first place. Massimiliano MANDIA finished 2nd with the same score. Coming in 3rd place, Bjorn JANSSON (SWE) with 366 points. The 1998 world champion Jon SHALES (GBR), came in 6thplace with 362 points just one point ahead of Jake KAMINSKI (USA), the 2012 Olympic team silver medalist.   Recurve Women Sophie DODEMONT (FRA), the Olympic bronze medalist in 2008 led the field with 359 points. In second place, the 2004 and 2008 world champion Jessica TOMASI (ITA) scored 347 points. Marina SZENDEY (FRA), placed 3rd with Zoe GOBBELS (BEL), the 2010 youth world champion coming in right behind. Olympian Naomi FOLKARD (GBR) was 5th with 338 points and 2008 field archery silver medallist Elin KATTSTROM (SWE) came in 8th.   Compound Men Dave COUSINS (USA), two-time world champion and current defender scored 423 points taking the lead over Marcus LAUBE (GER) and Jesse BROADWATER (USA). Morgan LUNDIN (SWE), three-time world champion and World Games winner placed 12th . Rod MENZER (USA,) the 2008 world champion shot a 400 flat putting him in 19th place. He will need to be better tomorrow to enter in the top 16.   Compound Women Silke HOETTECKE (GER) finished on top with 397 points. Ulrika SJOWALL (SWE), the 2001 target archery world champion, came in 2nd place just two points behind HOETTECKE. Petra GOEBEL (AUT), the winner of the 2009 World Games completed the provisional podium with 391 points and Anne LANTEE (FIN) the 2010 world champion finished 7th.   Barebow Men David GARCIA FERNANDEZ (ESP) was the surprising leader after Day 1 of qualifications with 358 points. He has a 10-point lead his teammate Sebastian JUANOLA CODINA and the 2006 world champion Guiseppe SEIMANDI (ITA). SEIMANDI also won the World Games in 2010. They were closey followed by Istvan KAKAS (HUN) and the 2002 world champion Martin OTTOSON (SWE) with 345 points. The defending champion, Pasi AHJOKIVI (FIN) was 8th with 336 points.   Barebow Women The 2010 world champion and 2009 World Games winner Eleonora STROBBE (ITA) comfortably led her category with 336 points. She was followed by Ulrike KOINI (GER) and Lina BJORKLUND (SWE) respectively with 322 and 317 points. The 2010 runner-up Christine GAUTHE (FRA) was in 6th position preceding the 2010 bronze medallist Monika JENTGES (GER).   Teams Each team can select one archer from each discipline The best competitor is automatically selected for the qualification round. After the first day, Italy led the both the men’s and women’s field. The men scored 1133 points to end up ahead of the United States and Germany. On the women’s side, France was 2nd and Germany 3rd with the same total of points (1050).   Junior Categories Quentin BARAER (FRA) led the Recurve Junior Men field with 357 points.  For the Recurve Junior Women Marion VIVES (FRA) scored 348 points. Alex BRIDGMAN (GBR) had a superb 405 in Compound Junior Men, while Runa GRYDELAND (NOR) led the Compound Junior Women. Henrik HORNUNG (GER) was 1st in Barebow Junior Men with 334 points and Evelina CATALDO (ITA) led the Barebowe Junior Women with 274 points. Great Britain came out on top in both the men’s and the women’s team competition.   World Archery Communication