After an 18-month hiatus, the Hyundai Archery World Cup is back with three stages in Guatemala, Switzerland and France between April and June in 2021.
Guatemala City hosted the first of those events with 136 archers from 22 countries shooting at the Sports Club Los Arcos in the University San Carlos on April 19-25. The Americas was represented by Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, the US Virgin Islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the USA.
Archers from Colombia, Mexico and the USA climbed the podium, collecting 15 medals in total.
Compound archers Braden Gellenthien of the USA and Nora Valdez of Colombia won the individual titles, securing automatic tickets to this year’s Hyundai Archery World Cup Final. It will be Gellenthien’s ninth appearance in the season-ending event – and Valdez’ debut.
“Honestly, I’m beyond happiness. This is something I’ve been waiting for a long time and I have worked very hard for it. I’m happy with this triumph,” said Valdez after winning gold in Guatemala City.
USA’s archers Kris Schaff and circuit debutant Savannah Vanderwier also climbed the compound individual podiums, both collecting bronze.
Recurve archers Angel Alvarado and Alejandra Valencia of Mexico, and Mackenzie Brown of the USA, each also won individual medals.
“[This was a] return to a gold medal match in World Archery. I’m very happy with anything I would have gotten today, I just wanted to come out and do my best and I think I did that,” said Mackenzie after collecting silver.
Compound teams from across the Americas dominated the podiums.
The Hyundai Archery World Cup will continue in Lausanne, Switzerland on May 17-23.
Full results from archers from the Americas:
Recurve men’s bronze – Angel Alvarado (MEX)
Recurve women’s silver – Mackenzie Brown (USA)
Recurve women’s bronze – Alejandra Valencia (MEX)
Compound men’s gold – Braden Gellenthien (USA)
Compound men’s bronze – Kris Schaff (USA)
Compound women’s gold – Nora Valdez (COL)
Compound women’s bronze – Savannah Vanderwier (USA)
Compound men’s team
Gold – Mexico
Silver – Colombia
Bronze – USA
Compound women’s team
Gold – USA
Silver – Mexico
Bronze – Colombia
Recurve men’s team
Silver – USA
Recurve women’s team
Silver – Mexico