by Team Hoyt
Rzeszow, Poland - Despite the pressure, fierce competition and the added nerves of over one million live television viewers scrutinizing their every shot, Team Hoyt’s compound shooters – just like their recurve teammates – proved they have what it takes to win big on the world stage, as several Hoyt shooters found the podium at the recent FITA World Indoor Championships.
In Women’s Compound competition, Hoyt’s Mary Hamm qualified in first place and held on to win the gold medal. Erika Anschutz won the bronze medal and Sofia Goncharova (RUS), Nicky Hunt (GBR), and Eugenia Salvi (ITA) notched top-ten finishes. Team Hoyt’s ladies swept the podium in team compound competition, as Hamm and Anschutz won gold for Team USA, Hunt and Rikki Bingham took silver for Team Great Britain, and Laura Longo, Eugenia Salvi and Giorgia Solato captured the bronze for Team Italy. Salvi - who’s no stranger to the rigors of World Indoor competition - is a former FITA champion, having won gold at both the 2007
Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
In Men’s Compound competition, Hoyt’s Jesse Broadwater – the #2 qualifier – went on to win the silver medal in his first-ever FITA Indoor Championship. Dominique Genet (FRA) – a recent addition to Team Hoyt – won the bronze medal. Italy’s Antonio Tosco took fourth place, and Sebastien Brasseur (FRA) and Peter Elzinga (NED) finished in the top 10 for Team Hoyt. Not to be outdone by their female counterparts, Team Hoyt’s men also enjoyed a clean sweep of the podium in team compound competition. Hoyt’s Jesse Broadwater and Braden Gellenthien - the 2007 World Champion - won the gold medal for Team USA with a perfect score of 240/240. Hoyt’s Andy Rikunenko led the charge for Team Great Britain in their silver medal-winning performance, while Brassuer and Dominique Genet propelled Team France to a third place finish.
In the Junior Men’s Compound ranks, Hoyt’s Kristofer Schaff (USA) won the gold medal match and set a new world record with a perfect 120. Sweden’s Jonathan Friberg won the silver medal for Team Hoyt, while Garret Abernathy (USA) won bronze. Luca Fanti (ITA) and Andreas Darum rounded out the top five for Team Hoyt, while Ben Cleland and Luca Di Benedetto (ITA) enjoyed top-ten finishes. Team Hoyt also fared very well in the Junior Men’s Compound Team competition, as Di Benedetto, Fanti and Jacopo Polidori won gold for Team Italy. Team USA’s Schaff, Abernathy and Cleland won the silver medal.
In the Junior Women’s Compound ranks, Svetlana Cherkashneva (RUS) won the gold medal, with Kendal Nicely (USA) winning silver, and Samantha Pruitte (USA) finishing
in fifth place. In Junior Women’s Compound Team competition, Nicely, Pruitte and Sarah Lance won the gold medal for Team USA.
Hoyt would like to congratulate all of its shooters for their amazing podium-topping performances at the 2009 FITA World Indoor Championships!