by Team Hoyt
ANTALYA, TURKEY – The eyes of the soccer world are no doubt focused on South Africa this summer, but for archery fans across the globe, the phrase “World Cup” has a much different meaning. Antalya, Turkey recently played host to the Stage 2 of the hotly-contested 2010 FITA Archery World Cup, and in typical World Cup fashion, the action was intense and the competition was fierce.
True to form, Team Hoyt didn’t disappoint.
Hoyt’s Erika Anschutz (USA) took center stage with her first-ever World Cup gold medal victory in the Women’s Compound Division, defeating her Hoyt teammate Nicky Hunt (GBR) in the finals. Ashley Wallace (CAN), winner of the first stage of the World Cup, took home the bronze medal this time, and joined Erika and Nicky on the podium to round out an all-Hoyt medal sweep. Anne Lantee (FIN), Jamie Van Natta (USA) and Andrea Gales (USA) finished fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, for Team Hoyt.
Team Hoyt also dominated the Women’s Recurve Division, as Victoriya Koval (UKR) and her Hoyt Formula RX/F4 won the gold – extending Formula’s amazing gold medal-winning streak making Formula the most-winning new design ever introduced.
Hoyt’s Brady Ellison – the number one male recurve qualifier – and his Formula RX/F3 finished with a bronze medal after the set system elimination matches. Ellison’s medal-winning performance solidified his lead in the ranking for the Longines Prize of Precision, put him on top of the leader board in the World Cup standings, and gave him the opportunity to raise even more money for his “Shoot for the Cure” campaign to help fight breast cancer.
In the Men’s Compound Division, Vladas Sigauskas (LTU) and his Hoyt battled his way to a bronze medal, while Ben Cleland (USA) finished fifth and Seppie Cilliers (RSA), along with his teammates, took first in the Men’s Compound team competition. Robert Timms (AUS) placed seventh and Jorge Jimenez (ESA) finished eighth for Team Hoyt.
Hoyt would like to congratulate all of its shooters on their outstanding showing at Stage 2 of the 2010 FITA Archery World Cup. The world’s top archers will bring their gold medal hopes to the U.S. in August, when Ogden, Utah hosts Stage 3 of the World Cup. To keep up with all the exciting news and results from the 2010 FITA Archery World Cup, check out www.archery.org.
All photos courtesy of Dean Alberga/www.dutchtarget.com.