Team Hoyt Rocks Nimes Indoor
Hoyt shooters take 9 of 12 medals
Once again, Team Hoyt continues its winning ways in 2009 with 9 of 12 medals going to Hoyt shooters from the 12th Nimes European Indoor just concluded in the south of France.
Top shooters from around the world joined nearly 1100 European participants for what has become the second largest indoor tournament on the planet, and when it was over, Hoyt shooters had swept every medal in the Women’s compound division, every medal in the Women’s recurve division, the Men’s recurve gold and silver, and Men’s compound bronze.
Leading the Hoyt charge in men’s recurve was Jean-Charles Valladont of the French National team, defeating fellow Team Hoyt shooter and Olympic medalist Simon Terry of Great Britain. As a sellout audience watched, Jean-Charles and Simon traded ten after ten with their Hoyt recurves, and when the dust settled Jean Charles took a hard-fought one-point victory for the gold medal, and Simon had the silver medal. Team Hoyt’s Thomas Aubert finished 4th.
On the women’s recurve side it was an all-Hoyt final, with German National Team star Elena Richter using her Hoyt GMX riser and 990TX limbs in her victory over Hoyt’s Pia Carmen Lionetti of the Italian National team. Elena’s gold-medal performance in Nimes followed her win at the Face2Face tournament in Amsterdam last month and puts her in contention for the World Championships later this year. Third for the bronze medal was French legend Berengere Schuh, who has represented Team Hoyt as World Indoor and European champion previously. Berengere had defeated current World Outdoor Champion and past World Indoor Champion and Team Hoyt shooter Natalia Valeeva of Italy in the quarterfinals.
Team Hoyt compound shooters also left their mark taking all the women’s medals and the men’s bronze. All 16 of the women’s compound finalists shot Hoyt, while 10 of the top 16 men represented the Hoyt Nation. When the dust cleared, Dave Cousins took top Hoyt honors in his battle with fellow Team Hoyt shooter, the French legend Dominique Genet, while all three medals were captured by Team Hoyt’s women with gold going to Italy’s Anastasia Anastasio, the past World Junior Indoor Champion, silver to Italy’s Eugenia Salvi, the reigning World Indoor and World Outdoor Champion, and bronze for France’s Elodie Amiard.
Team Hoyt’s next stop is the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas. See you there!
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