William Melnik (Canada), Martina Noale (Argentina) and Shiloh Butts (USA) returned home with a medal around their necks after finishing the 3D World Championship held in Terni, Italy from September 4-10.
Melnik was ranked third after the two days of qualifying. He passed bye until the fourth elimination round and was crowned leader of pool A. In the quarterfinals he faced Cesar Vera (Spain) and won the pass to the semifinal with a tiebreaker arrow. In the semifinal he faced Giuseppe Semandi (Italy) and won the match 40-37. In the grand final Melnik faced the reigning champion David Jackson (France). After 4 arrows Jackson was again crowned barebow champion with a score of 39-29. Melnik took the silver.
This championship was Martina Noale’s first international participation in longbow. She was ranked second after the two-day qualifying round. This automatically placed her in the semifinals. In the semifinals she faced Italy’s Cecilia Santacroce and lost the match 40-31. In the final for bronze she faced another Italian, Giulia Barbaro. This time Noale took the victory and the bronze medal with the score of 21-18.
Finally, Shiloh Butts placed first in the longbow qualification with 757 points. He automatically advanced to the semifinals where he faced Giuliano Faletti (Italy). Faletti won the match 36-31. In the bronze medal match, Butts faced Alfred Mühlburger (Austria) who qualified in second place. It was a close match that started with an advantage for Mühlburger, but in the end Butts pulled two points ahead and won the bronze 28-26.