by Team Hoyt; photos by Dean Alberga and John Hafner
Nearly 450 young athletes from 58 countries are competing this week at the 2009 World Archery Youth Championships in Ogden, Utah. With this world class event right in their backyard, Easton and Hoyt are proud to be among the tournament’s co-sponsors. The week-long tournament serves as the main qualifier for the first ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, and nearly 140 athletes are competing this week for a spot in the upcoming qualifier on July 17 – further adding to the drama and excitement in Ogden.
On Monday, archers competed in a 144-arrow FITA qualifying round – shooting 36 arrows at distances of 90, 70, 50 and 30 meters. Korea dominated the recurve qualifications, taking the top three spots in both the men’s and women’s divisions. In the compound men and women’s divisions, the U.S. earned the top spot in the team and individual qualifiers, with Hoyt shooters Ben Cleland (USA) and Samantha Pruitte (USA) finishing in first place.
Sunday's championship round saw plenty of drama as well. In the Compound Junior Men's Division, Hoyt shooter Cody Thompson (USA) defeated Jean Pizarro (PUR) 115-113 to win the gold medal, and Ben Cleland outlasted Javier Francisco (ESP) with a 10-10-10 finish to claim the bronze medal. In the Compound Junior Women's Division, Inge Van Caspel (NED) defeated Ekaterina Korobeynikova (RUS) 115-108 to win the gold, and Svetlana Cherkashneva (RUS) narrowly defeated 2008 World Champion Kendall Nicely (USA) 115-113 to win the bronze.
In team competition, Team USA won the gold medal in the Compound Junior Men's Division, with Mexico and Denmark finishing second and third, respectively. In the Compound Junior Women's Division, Team USA finished with four 10s to win the gold and set a new world record. Russia and Mexico finished second and third, respectively. Korea, Great Britain and Poland won gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in the Recurve Junior Men's Division. In the Recurve Junior Women's Division, Korea, China and Poland won gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
Hoyt would like to congratulate all of the archers at the 2009 World Archery Youth Championships on their outstanding shooting, and for representing their countries to the fullest.