An all-British clash between Nicky Hunt and Andrea Gales is the stand out pairing in the opening round of the Archery World Cup Final, which takes place in East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September.
The two GB internationals clash in the women's compound event on Sunday at 10:00, with Nicky, going into the tournament as top seed and world number one and Andrea looking forward to the experience, determined to seize the opportunity.
Nicky Hunt said: “Last year I qualified for the World Cup Final and came fourth, which was disappointing, but I took so much out of it. I will be much stronger this time around. I am really excited about being part of it again, especially having just achieved a number one world ranking for the first time. But the competition will be very tough and I know I will have to be at the top of my game all weekend. It's going to be a great occasion and I can't wait to get up to Edinburgh and get started.”
Andrea Gales said: “I'm really excited about the World Cup Final. I'm so thrilled to be a part of it, and it's great that so many friends and family members are heading up to Edinburgh to support me. I will be totally focused on making the most of my opportunity, and giving it my very best. Sadly, I'm up against Nicky Hunt in the first round, which means one British competitor will fall at the first hurdle. Nicky is shooting really well at the moment but we're both very determined competitors. It should be a tense, and closely fought match between us.”
In other pairings in this event, Jamie Van Natta of the United States is up against Ashley Wallace of Canada, while another American, Erika Anschutz, is up against Mexico's Linda Ochoa. Sandrine Vandionant of France takes on Russia's Albina Loginova.
In the men's compound event, Britain's Chris White has a tough start against Braden Gellenthien of the United States, who won the silver medal at the Copenhagen Grand Final last year.
Defending champion Sergio Pagni goes up against Denmark's Martin Damsbo, Jorge Jimenez of El Salvador – the 2008 gold medallist, and attending his fourth World Cup Grand Final – faces American Roger Willet, while Shaun Teasdale of New Zealand takes on Canada's Dietmar Trillus.
Simon Terry faces a formidable start to his campaign in the men's recurve event. The British number one is up against Korea's Im Dong-Hyun, who secured his place by winning the gold medal in Shanghai two weeks ago.
Alan Wills, the other British competitor in this event, faces the American Brady Ellison – the gold medalist at the Ogden leg of this year's series, but a World Cup Final first timer. Alan will be looking to use the experience of being a bronze medalist at the Dubai World Cup Final in 2007 to his advantage.
In other matches, defending champion Marco Galiazzo of Italy – who beat Simon Terry in last year's gold medal match in Copenhagen – opens against Korean Kim Woojin, while another Italian, Michele Frangilli, goes against India's Jayanta Talukdar.
And in the women's recurve event, British hope Naomi Folkard starts against Ki Bo Bae of Korea. Ki arrives in Edinburgh after a phenomenal performance in Shanghai, when she won three gold medals: the individual, the mixed team and the team tournaments.
There is a clash of two former World Cup Grand Final gold medalists, as Dola Banerjee of India, the 2007 champion who received a late call up to the World Cup Final in Edinburgh after Chinese archer Guo Faping had to pull out, comes up against the 2008 winner, Justyna Mospinek of Poland. The second Indian archer, 16 year old Deepika Kumari, faces Ukraine's Victoriya Koval, while Yun Ok Hee of Korea goes up against Alena Kuzniatsova of Belarus.
The compound men's and recurve women's tournaments take place on Saturday 18 September, with the recurve men and compound women in action on Sunday 19 September.
Recurve women: Yun Ok Hee v Alena Kuzniatsova, Deepika Kumari v Victoriya Koval, Justyna Mospinek v Dola Banerjee, Ki Bo Bae v NAOMI FOLKARD.
Compound men: Shaun Teasdale v Dietmar Trillus, Martin Damsbo v Sergio Pagni, Jorge Jimenez v Roger Willet, Braden Gellenthien v CHRIS WHITE
Recurve men: Michele Frangilli v Jayanta Talukdar, Kim Woojin v Marco Galiazzo, Im Dong-Hyun v SIMON TERRY, Brady Ellison v ALAN WILLS
Compound women: NICKY HUNT v ANDREA GALES, Sandrine Vandionant v Albina Loginova, Ashley Wallace v Jamie Van Natta, Erika Anschutz v Linda Ochoa.
The (FITA) Archery World Cup Final is the most prestigious event in the sport's annual calendar [second only to the World Championships] and the biggest, most important archery competition ever to be staged in the UK.
The event will be free for spectators, with a small charge (£5) for reserved seating in the Grandstand. At the event there will be a series of 'come and try' sessions organised by Scottish Archery and Archery GB.
In September the (FITA) Archery World Cup Final will join two other major international sporting events – the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships and the IFSC World Youth Championships for Climbing – In Edinburgh's Super September of Sport – and will welcome thousands of competitors and spectators to the city.
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Archery World Cup Final – Edinburgh
Archery has been a permanent Olympic sport since the 1972 Olympic Games and FITA has held the World Championships since 1931.
The Archery World Cup Final is the culmination of four World Cup qualifying events (Porec, Croatia; Antalya, Turkey; Ogden, USA and Shanghai, China) when the best thirty-two archers (compound and recurve) in the World (top 16 men and 16 women) bring the skill and tension of knockout archery matches (two competitors going head to head) into the very heart of Scotland's capital city for two days of exciting competition.
The Archery World Cup Final always takes place in an iconic venue. Previous host venues have included the Mayapan Pyramids in Mexico, Furj Al Arab in Dubai and City Hall Square in Copenhagen.
Bow types / archery disciplines
A recurve bow,the Olympic discipline, looks much like a traditional bow except at the very ends the tips curve forward. Instead of looking like a perfect, very wide, shallow “D” it has little “S” type “recurves” at the tips. These tips transfer a little more power to the stored energy in the bow limbs.
A compound bow is designed to reduce the force required to hold the string at full draw and a great benefit when holding an arrow, waiting for just that perfect shot. It has a series of off-round pulleys or cams at the ends of the bow limbs that stores energy in the string itself as well as the limbs. The cam or cams (in a double cam) create far more power then the same length limbs in a recurve bow. This system also gives the archer “let-off” the maximum pull.
Some compounds have as much as an 80% let-off. That means that if the bow is set at 50lb draw, it takes you 50lbs of strength to pull the bow string back to a point (about halfway) the cams kick in and at full draw it takes 10lbs (80% reduction of draw) of pull to hold the string back.
This a great benefit when holding an arrow, waiting for just that perfect shot
Arrows in the classic bow events can travel in excess of 150 miles per hour. They are made of either aluminium or carbon graphite. Aluminium arrows are more uniform in weight and shape, while graphite arrows fly faster.
The World Cup Final is restricted to the 32 best archers in the world – the 8 top ranked men and 8 top ranked women over the season-long World Cup series in each of the two disciplines, compound and recurve.
It's a knockout format event with two archers going head to head, shooting a maximum of 15 arrows in 5 sets of three arrows at a target that is 70m (230ft) distant. Each archer shoots alternately with a maximum of 20 seconds allowed per arrow. Each arrow is scored 1-10 depending how close they are to the centre. The archer with the highest score goes to next round and in the event of a tie, there is a one arrow tie-breaker.
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