DUBAI, UAE -- This stunning Persian Gulf emirate is the scene of incredible technology and architecture - the world’s tallest and most exclusive hotel, a 300-meter indoor ski slope, world class sporting and business facilities, and for the first time, the most prestigious competition in target archery. This was the site of the finals of the 2007 FITA Archery World Cup. The stunning backdrop for the tournament consisted of a specially-constructed 100-meter shooting platform set on an artificial lake directly in front of the incredible Madinat Jumeirah resort.
With global television coverage and an estimated 250-million viewers, along with a standing-room-only crowd, the four men and four women compound finalists put their skills to the test. For the second year in a row, every single World Cup finalist shot a Hoyt Cam & ½ system equipped bow, and the vast majority shot the incredible Hoyt Elite series, the most-winning compounds in target archery today.
Hoyt’s Petra Ericsson of Sweden, who is also a top recurve shooter, took the honors in Women’s Compound with a victory in the Gold Medal match over past World Champion Sofia Goncharova of the Russian Federation. Third was Jamie Van Natta, holder of the FITA World Record.
On the men’s side, the incredible legend of El Salvador, Jorge Jiminez, continued his steamroller domination of the World Cup circuit, defeating American shooter and Hoyt teammate Braden Gellenthein in a nail-biting final match. Brazil’s top shooter, Roberval Dos Santos, took the bronze for Team Hoyt.
In Men’s recurve, Great Britain’s Al Wills took third place for his first foray to the World Cup finals.
You can re-live all the FITA World Cup action at www.archery.tvsize="2">, and many sports programming providers are showing reruns in the coming weeks. Check your local listings.