ARCHERY Preview: Vegas Shoot hosts Indoor World Series Final

American Casey Kaufhold, 14, in the Nimes Indoor World Series final (Photo: World Archery)

The enormous Vegas Shoot – the world’s largest indoor archery tournament – takes place this weekend and includes within in the final stage of the World Archery Indoor World Series and the World Series Final.

The event had its roots as long ago as 1962 and will attract more than 3,700 entries from all 50 U.S. states and 51 other nations. It’s the most prestigious indoor archery event in the world, held this year at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa.

But as far as the Indoor World Series is concerned, the last leg will be held on Friday and Saturday and then the World Series Final will be held on Saturday evening. The top 16 archers in each division will face off in elimination matches in the Final, with all shooting at 18 m.

The top-ranked archers going into the final leg of the series:

Men/Recurve:
1. 1,000 Seung-Yun Lee (KOR) ~ Nimes Tournament winner
2. 750 Jin-Hyek Oh (KOR) ~ 2012 Olympic Champion; Macau Indoor winner;
3. 600 Sergii Makarevych (UKR) ~ 2016 World Indoor silver medalist
4. 500 Steve Wijler (NED) ~ 2017 World Championships bronze medalist
5. 360 Jae-Yeop Han (KOR)

Men/Compound:
1. 1,300 Braden Gellenthien (USA) ~ 2007 World Indoor Champion
2. 810 Mike Schloesser (NED) ~ 2018 World Indoor Champion
3. 675 Kris Schaff (USA) ~ Nimes Tournament runner-up
4. 495 Stephan Hansen (DEN) ~ 2014 World Indoor bronze; 2015 World Champion
5. 330 Domagoj Buden (CRO)

Women/Recurve:
1. 1,125 Chae-Young Kang (KOR) ~ Nimes Tournament winner
2. 895 Casey Kaufhold (USA) ~ GT Open winner; Nimes Tournament runner-up
3. 520 Ye-Ji Sim (KOR) ~ Third in Nimes Tournament
4. 490 Gabriela Bayardo (NED) ~ Roma Trophy runner-up
5. 320 Yun Jin (KOR)

Women/Compound:
1. 1,030 Janine Meissner (GER) ~ Nimes Tournament winner
2. 680 Alexis Ruiz (USA) ~ Roma Trophy winner
3. 660 Chae-Won So (KOR) ~ Nimes Tournament runner-up
4. 520 Natalia Avdeeva (RUS) ~ 2018 World Indoor Champion
5. 470 Toja Ellison (SLO)

Much attention will be focused on Kaufhold, the 14-year-old American sensation who has a gold and silver in this season’s World Series.

Prize money for the Final is CHF 8,000-4,000-1,500 for the top three places. Look for results here.

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