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Strong showing from the French archers in 1/8 round

17 August 2012
Val d’Isere
Archers shot the eliminations today at the World Archery Field Championships.

  In the morning session, 16 archers per category shot their 1/8 elimination rounds on 12 targets, the best 8 advance to the next round. The quarterfinals will take place in the early afternoon followed by the semifinals.   Recurve Men The best archers in this round were two Olympians, Jean-Charles VALLADONT (FRA) and Jake KAMINSKI (USA). A second French archer made the cut: Damien PIGEAUD, 3rd. Jon SHALES (GBR), 1998 world champion and 2010 silver medallist, finished fourth ahead of the two-time world champion Sebastian ROHRBERG (GER). The 3rd from qualifications Massimiliano MANDIA (ITA) finished out of the top 8.   Recurve Women Sophie DODEMONT (FRA), 2008 Olympic bronze medallist and 2006 field silver medallist, finished on top of this round. Yuki HAYASHI (JPN) was a surprising 2nd, ahead of the defending silver medallist Naomi FOLKARD (GBR). Jessica TOMASI, 2004 and 2008 world champion (ITA) also advanced to the next round. The 2010 youth world champion Zoe GOBBELS (BEL) snuck into 8th place, being the last qualifying position.   Compound Men Antonio POMPEO (ITA) was the only one to reach 200 points to qualify in first place, followed by Americans Jesse BROADWATER and the defending champion Dave COUSINS (USA), who both shot 199. Rod MENZER (USA), the 2008 world champion who grabbed the last qualifying spot yesterday, didn’t make the cut this morning.   Compound Women The former leader of World Ranking Ivana BUDEN (CRO) qualified with the highest score of 192, one point ahead of the multiple World Cup medallist Sandrine VANDIONANT (FRA). The competition stopts here for the leader from qualifications Silke HOETTECKE (GER), only 13th. Three women were tied for 8th place and did a shoot-off. The 2001 target world champion Ulrika SJOWALL (SWE), who is celebrating her birthday today, outscored Katia D’AGOSTINO (ITA) and Lucy HOLDERNESS (GBR) 6 to 4 to advance to quarterfinals.   Barebow Men The major surprises in this category were the performances of the 2002 world champion Martin OTTOSON (SWE), runner-up from qualifications who ended up in 9th place, and the defending world champio Pasi AHJOKIVI (FIN) who placed 16th and will not shoot quarterfinals. The other favourites Giuseppe SEIMANDI (ITA) and Bobby LARSSON (SWE) finished on top with 173 points, ahead of the leader from qualifications David GARCIA FERNANDEZ (ESP), third with 166 points. The best represented countries in quarterfinals will be Spain and the USA with two archers.   Barebow Women Eleonora STROBBE (ITA), 2010 world champion and 2009 World Games winner qualified easily for the quarterfinals, ahead of the two German archers Ulrike KOINI and Monika JENTGES. The last qualified archer yesterday in 16th position, is Anne VILJANEN (FIN) managed to grad the last qualifying spot again this morning (8th).   Junior Categories There were no surprises in the junior ranks, with all the leaders from qualifications advancing to the quarterfinals: Marco MORELLO (ITA) in Recurve Junior Men, Marion VIVES (FRA) in Recurve Junior Women,Alex BRIDGMAN (GBR) in Compound Junior Men and Runa GRYDELAND (NOR) in Compound Junior Women. The archers of the barebow division did not need to shoot this round as there were less than 8 competitors.   World Archery Communication