April 21, 2022
ANTALYA, Turkey – Competition continued at the Archery World Cup season opener in Antalya today with team eliminations in recurve and individual matches in compound until the quarter-finals. At the dawn of a new year and the first full World Cup circuit since 2019, new faces and new talents are emerging; Many American shooters are making their debut on the World Cup stage this week and gaining experience for a bright future in the sport.
After a rough morning where the USA women’s compound team was stopped in their first match and the men’s team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Chinese Taipei, the all-rookie team of archers pulley took the field.
Eighteen-year-old Sawyer Sullivan delivered the day’s headlining performance, never shooting below 146 to advance to the quarter-finals. Seeded 10and, he had a great run in his first appearance on the world adult stage. Sullivan and No. 2 Jean Pizarro of Puerto Rico were neck and neck throughout the quarterfinals, tying run totals in the first four of five ends. As Sullivan crushed Xs on his way to a 117-117 draw, a line call on his final arrow declared Pizarro the winner 147-146, excluding Sullivan from the final four.
“Everyone who comes to the World Cup wants to get on stage,” Sullivan commented. “That was my goal, but to go as far as I did and shoot against the best in the world was a dream of mine. I had the opportunity to shoot with a lot of these guys at the world youth championships and that was so great to be back with them Team USA is a great group of shooters and we had a great time Thank you so much to all my family and friends and USA Archery for having me given this chance.
Shawnn Vincent also had an incredible run, finishing 9and after a tight 144-145 match with Pizarro in the round of 16. At 37, Vincent has been working for years to realize his dream of competing on this stage. Ahead of today’s competition, he shared on social media: “No matter what happens, I’m glad to know that I represented my family, my friends, my sponsors and especially the American team of the better than I could.”
Steve Marsh, Brielle Ochnich, Sydney Sullenberger and Raegan Bender each finished 33rdrd in the first round. Marsh came out on a tough shot, where both shot 10s, but Germany’s Leon Hollas was closer to the middle.
Competition continues tomorrow with mixed team matches through to the semi-finals in the morning and individual recurve eliminations through to the quarter-finals in the afternoon. The results are available on worldarchery.sport. Photos courtesy of World Archery.