ARCHERY Preview: Strong fields lined up for third World Cup in Antalya

The third World Archery World Cup is in Antalya (TUR) this week, with a full program of Recurve and Compound shooting for men, women and teams. The fields are large, with 383 shooters from 54 nations registered.

The race to qualify for the World Cup Final continues; only the winners qualify directly from the World Cup stages. Through the first two stages at Medellin (COL) and Shanghai (CHN), the finalists:

Medellin: Brady Ellison (USA) d. Woo-Seok Lee (KOR)
Shanghai: Woo-Seok Lee (KOR) d. Woo-Jin Kim (KOR)

Medellin: Mike Schloesser (NED) d. Braden Gellenthien (USA)
Shanghai: Braden Gellenthien (USA) d. Brend Frederickx (BEL)

Medellin: Chae-Young Kang (KOR) d. Melanie Gaubil (FRA)
Shanghai: Chae-Young Kang (KOR) d. Tomomi Sugimoto (JPN)

Medellin: Sara Lopez (COL) d. Jody Vermuelen (NED)
Shanghai: Chae-Won So (KOR) d. Sophia Strachan (USA)

Korea is not sending a team to Antalya, which opens opportunities for others. The top expected shooters include:

● Marcus d’Almeida (BRA) ~ 2014 World Cup Final runner-up
● Crispin Duenas (CAN) ~ 2013 World Championships bronze medalist
● Jean-Charles Valladont (FRA) ~ 2016 Olympic silver medalist
● Steve Wijler (NED) ~ 2017 World Championships bronze medalist
● Sjef van den Berg (NED) ~ 2016 World Cup Final runner-up
● Rick van der Ven (NED) ~ 2015 World Championships silver medalist
Brady Ellison (USA) ~ 2016 Olympic bronze; 2010-11-14-16 World Cup Final winner

● Stephan Hansen (DEN) ~ 2015 World Champion; 2017 World Champs silver
● Sebastien Peineau (FRA) ~ 2017 World Champion
● Abhishek Verma (IND) ~ 2018 World Cup Final bronze medalist
● Sergio Pagni (ITA) ~ 2009-10 World Cup Final winner, 2011-13 World Cup bronze
● Mike Schloesser (NED) ~ 2013 World Champion
Braden Gellenthien (USA) ~ 2007 Worlds silver; 2017 bronze; 2017 World Cup gold
Kris Schaff (USA) ~ 2018 World Cup Final winner

● Maja Jager (DEN) ~ 2013 World Champion
● Lisa Unruh (GER) ~ 2016 Olympic silver medalisr
● Deepika Kumari (IND) ~ 2011-12-13-15 World Cup Final silver; 2018 bronze
● Aida Roman (MEX) ~ 2012 Olympic silver medalist
● Ksenia Perova (RUS) ~ 2017 World Champion; defending Antalya World Cup champ
● Ya-Ting Tan (TPE) ~ 2017 World Championships bronze medalist
● Yasemin Anagoz (TUR) ~ 2018 World Cup Final runner-up

● Sara Lopez (COL) ~ 2015 Worlds bronze; 2014-15-17-18 World Cup Final winner
● Tanja Jensen (DEN) ~ 2017 World Cup Final silver medalist
● Kristina Heigenhauser (GER) ~ 2017 World Championships bronze medalist
● Marcella Tonioli (ITA) ~ 2016 World Cup Final winner
● Natalia Avdeeva (RUS) ~ 2014 World Cup Final bronze medalist
● Yesim Bostan (TUR) ~ 2017 Worlds silver medalist; defending Antalya World Cup champ
Alexis Ruiz (USA) ~ Medellin and Shanghai World Cup bronze medalist

Also in the women’s Recurve field is 15-year-old American Casey Kaufhold, who was the sensation of the Indoor World Cup, winning a gold and silver medal in her first season on the tour. She did well in Medellin, making to the round of 32.

The Compound finals will be on Saturday and the Recurve finals will be on Sunday; look for results here.