Team Hoyt Sweeps World Indoor
Total Sweep of Recurve Gold Medals
Rzeszow, Poland, March 8 2009
The FITA World Indoor is an ultimate test of nerves and accuracy. With near-perfect scoring an absolute requirement for success, and live television with millions of viewers showing every nuance of an archers performance, the unforgiving and tough competitive atmosphere of a World Indoor is unique in competitive archery.
Once again, Hoyt recurve shooters took the top positions at this tough and hotly contested event. In each case the medal matches came down to a single point spelling the difference between victory and defeat!
Winning Men’s gold with his Hoyt recurve was Yavor Hristov. The Bulgarian Olympic Team shooter overcame a tough home crowd cheering on his Polish opponent to win in a spectacular shoot off.
Nimes European Champion J.C. Valladont of the French team took bronze with his Hoyt.
In the women’s recurve it was a total Hoyt sweep, with Karina Winter of Germany defeating 4-time World Indoor and two-time World Outdoor champion Natalia Valeeva by a single point in the gold medal final. Meanwhile, after setting a new World Record in the qualification, Hoyt’s Berengere Schuh defeated defending World Indoor champion and Hoyt riser shooter Hayakawa Nami of Japan to take the bronze and complete the Team Hoyt sweep.
Not to be outdone by the senior ranks, Hoyt junior shooter Ivan Denis of Belgium took the gold medal in the junior men’s recurve competition, while Poland's Joanna Kaminska used her Hoyt recurve to take the gold medal in the junior women's competition.
Hoyt congratulates all competitors in the 2009 World Championship!
Photo credits: Dean Alberga, FITA
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