by George Tekmitchov
Kaohsiung, Taiwan - Hoyt Pro Staff Coordinator Kevin Wilkey (USA) took to the shooting line this week to represent the United States at the 2009 World Games - and brought home the gold medal.
The World Games are considered second only to the Olympic Games in terms of sporting level, and they are a premiere event for compound shooters worldwide, occurring only every four years.
Braving heavy rains, and incredible heat and humidity, Kevin and his Hoyt compound shot their way through qualifications and eliminations to the gold medal match. In an intense shoot off for the gold medal, Kevin held firm and took a decisive three-point victory.
Hoyt Pro Staff recurve shooter Carole Ferriou (FRA) made a dramatic comeback after retiring in 2005 to take the women’s recurve gold medal. Carole, a multiple-time World Archery Field Champion, also won the 2001 World Games in Japan. She defeated reigning World Archery Field Champion Jessica Tomasi (ITA), who took silver, while Hoyt’s Naomi Folkard (GBR) made it a total sweep of the recurve women’s medals, taking bronze.
On the men’s recurve side, reigning World Archery Field Champion Sebastian Roherberg (GER) took bronze. In women’s compound, Hoyt shooter Inge Enthoven (NED) took silver.
Team Hoyt would like to congratulate all the competitors at the World Games 2009, and we are especially proud to have our Kevin Wilkey bring home the gold!
photos by Dean Alberga/www.dutchtarget.com