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Hoyt Shooters dominate final leg of World Cup


6 of 8 Grand Finalists shoot Hoyt

BOE, France June 29 2008

Team Hoyt shooters took all the compound gold and 5 of 6 medals this past week at the 4th leg of the 2008 FITA World Cup in Boe, France.

In a first-ever night shoot before thousands of screaming fans, Team Hoyt locked every spot on the women’s compound podium, and took gold and bronze in the men’s compound final.

Hoyt’s Pat Coghlan took the win in a dramatic gold medal showdown, defeating Hoyt teammate Kevin Tataryn in a pressure-packed two-round single-arrow showoff after a regulation match tie at 115 points each. Pat is headed to the Grand Final of the World Cup after his winning performance in France.

Hoyt’s Patrizio Hofer also shot a great 116 pass in the bronze medal final to secure a position in the World Cup Grand Final in Switzerland later this year. He and Pat will join Hoyt teammate Sergio Pagni in the grand finals.

On the women’s side, Hoyt’s Luzmary Guedez battled Team Hoyt star Nichola Simpson for the gold. Nichola set a new World master’s record during the week of competition leading uop to the finals, while Luzmary managed a hard-fought victory in the gold medal match, beating Nichola by one point, 111-110.

Hoyt’s Jamie Van Natta won the bronze medal in the finals over her Hoyt teammate Anna Kazantseva in an intense match, with a one-point margin of victory. Nichola and Jamie will join Hoyt teammate Amandine Bouillot at the Grand Final in Switzerland later this year.

In recurve action, Team Hoyt shooter Li Wenquan of the People's Republic of China Olympic Team made it to the gold medal final with his Nexus/900CX .  Li took the silver medal in front of thousands of spectators.

Hoyt shooter Zhao Ling, also of the Chinese Olympic team, had a great performace in the women's bronze medal match against teammate Zhang Juan Juan, while Hoyt shooter and Chinese Olympic archer Xue Haifeng had a stellar performance in the Men's Bronze final.

Team Hoyt recurve shooters Natalia Valeeva and Pia Carmen Lionetti of Italy took the team silver in the final, while Team Hoyt shooters Charlotte Burgess, Alison Williamson, and Naomi Folkard used their Hoyt recurves to take the bronze.

Finally, Hoyt's Natalia Valeeva easily qualified for the World Cup Grand Finals which will be staged at the home of the IOC, Lausanne, Switzerland, later this season.

You can see all of the World Cup action on television in selected countries or on the internet at www.archery.tv




Photo: Pat Coghlan wins gold under the lights in Boe
Photo Credit: Dean Alberga, FITA

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