The Hyundai World Cup Final was held in Yankton three days after the end of the World Championships. The top qualified archers considering the stages held in Guatemala, Lausanne and Paris, plus athletes representing the host nation, shot matches starting at the quarter finals.
The compound women event saw Colombia’s Sara Lopez win her sixth gold medal in the World Cup Final. After a discrete start in the 2021 season, she came back to being herself again at the stage in Paris, where she finished first and secured a position in the Finals.
At the Final in Yankton, she defeated Paige Pearce (USA), teammate Nora Valdez, and Toja Ellison (SLO).
The gold match was a very exciting one. Sara trailed by two points after the third end but shot nothing but 10s after that to finally beat her opponent 147 to 145. Tanja Gellenthien from Denmark took the bronze in a match versus Colombia’s Nora Valdez.
The winner in the compound men event was also an archer who already knew what it was like being the best in the Finals. Mike Schloesser (NED) shot close to perfect matches with scores of 148, 149 and 148 to crown himself as the 2021 Champion. He had won the 2016 and 2019 finals before.
Two previous World Cup Finals winners, Braden Gellenthien (2012, 2017) and Kris Schaff (2018) -both from the USA, accompanied the Dutchman on the podium.
The three representatives of the Americas in the Recurve Women event lost their quarter final matches.
The two Americans (Mackenzie Brown and Casey Kaufhold) were eliminated by the two Germans, while Mexico’s Ana Paula Vázquez was overwhelmed by Russia’s Elena Osipova. These three Europeans ended up winning all the medals: Lisa Unruh (GER) beat the Russian in a heart-breaking shoot-off, while Michelle Kroppen defeated Deepika Kumari from India for the bronze.
Five-time Hyundai Archery World Cup Final Champion Brady Ellison (USA) was very close to winning his sixth title in Yankton. He was in the lead 4-0 after the first two sets, but his countryman Jack Williams came from behind and tied the match with a perfect 30 in the fifth set.
Williams’ shoot-off arrow scored 10 points, one more than Brady’s. Gold and Silver for the United States.
The Olympic Champion, Turkey’s Mete Gazoz, defeated India’s Atanu Das for the bronze medal.
An outstanding performance was delivered by Nicholas D’Amour from the Virgin Islands US, who ranked fifth with the highest number of set points among the archers who could not advance to the semi-finals.