St. Thomas’ Nicholas D’Amour, coming out of the world top 10 in the outdoor archery season, opened his indoor season with a third-place finish at the 2022 Lancaster Archery Classic tournament in Pennsylvania this weekend. .
D’Amour, 20, who finished the 2021 outdoor season ranked 6th in the World Archery Men’s Olympic Recurve Ranking, qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s recurve division before suffering his first loss at the Lancaster Classic, held on January 28. 27-30 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
In the qualifying round, D’Amour finished eighth out of 70 entries with a total score of 607. He was tied with three-time Olympic medalist Michele Frangilli of Italy, but Frangilli earned 7th place based on a higher number of 11 – the maximum target score – making 27 to 25 for D’Amour.
As the top 32 progressed from qualifying to the elimination rounds, D’Amour began to work his way through the field. He opened the eliminations with a 124-116 win over Bermuda’s Camerin Pickering, then edged 10th-ranked, two-time Indian Olympian Atanu Das 120-116 in the round of 16.
This put D’Amour through to the quarter-finals, where he beat American archer Glenn Thomas 122-118 to advance to the semi-finals. Thomas had surprised fellow American Brady Ellison, the world’s top-ranked archer, in the previous round.
In the semi-finals – or shoot-up rounds – the remaining four archers were seeded based on the total score in the qualifying and elimination rounds of the tournament. D’Amour placed second, just behind American archer Jack Williams, champion of the 2021 Archery World Cup Final. Frangilli was No. 3, with Gijs Broeksma of the Netherlands at No. ° 4.
After Frangilli beat Broeksma 126-114, that set up a clash with D’Amour. Frangilli emerged victorious 121-118 to advance to a final against Williams, ranked No. 8 in the world. The two archers were tied 119-119, setting up a one-arrow shoot-off. Williams won, posting an 11 to Frangilli’s 10.
D’Amour will then compete in the Vegas Shoot, which kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday, Feb. 6, at venues in Las Vegas, Nevada. Competing in the recurve division of the men’s championship, he will look to earn enough points to make the top 16 and advance to the Indoor Archery World Series final on Saturday February 5.
D’Amour is one of two archers from the US Virgin Islands participating in the Vegas Shoot, along with Izabella Flores, who compete in the junior compound girls division.