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. The World Games are known to many as the compound shooters Olympics, or the closest you can come to winning an Olympic medal as a compound archer.
The mixed team event medals were the first awards at the 2013 World Games. Erika JONES and Reo WILDE won the gold. The Italian team of Sergio PAGNI and Marcella took the silver. TONIOLI and Paul TITSCHER and Kristina BERGER won the bronze.
JONES could not have hoped for a better result at her first World Games: in qualifications she established a new world record for the compound round (2x36 arrows at 50 meters) at 704 points, and this morning, she won the mixed team gold medal coupled with Reo WILDE.
The individual victory makes the American archer the new N°1 of the world ranking, ahead of double world champion and Team Hoyt shooter Albina LOGINOVA (RUS).
First at the Antalya World Cup and third in Medellin, Sara LOPEZ (COL) added the World Games bronze medal to her fast-growing collection . Against former world N°1 and Hoyt teammate Ivana BUDEN (CRO), the 18-year-old Colombian archer scored thirteen 10s and only two 9s for a victory 148-143.
On the men’s side, Reo WILDE proved that he is on top of the compound division once again. The American archer, who has won almost every title, the last of which was the Medellin World Cup, is on track to recover the N°1 spot in the world rankings. He won the mixed team gold medal with JONES; later in the same day, he won the individual final against Team Hoyt French athlete Pierre-Julien DELOCHE. WILDE had only one arrow out of the 10-ring for the victory, 149-147.
For Team Hoyt star DELOCHE, the silver medal concludes a successful trip to Colombia: he was victorious in the team event at the Medellin World Cup, and today achieves his first major individual podium finish of the outdoor season.
The bronze medal match was a high-level fight between Hoyt teammates Roberto HERNANDEZ (ESA) and Paul TITSCHER (GER), who was fifth at the last World Cup Final. The winner was going to be the man who suffered the less 9s. In the end it was Roberto HERNANDEZ who dropped two points in the first end, but went on to shoot perfectly in the second, third and fourth ends. The 24-year-old Salvadorian archer outscored his opponent 147-146 for the bronze medal – the first major individual podium of his career.
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