February 27, 2022
DUBAI — American archers Matt Stutzman and Lia Coryell made history on the world stage in the United Arab Emirates this week, winning the gold and world para champion titles. Stutzman, winning the compound men’s title in the world’s first armless final, shooting against an archer he had originally inspired to take up the sport, had the crowd roaring with excitement. Coryell became the first female W1 world champion in the United States and announced her retirement from competing in the sport after this season.
The competition in Dubai ended today with classic matches through to the finals. Eric Bennett, four-time American Paralympian, 2015 Para World Champion and silver medalist in the previous edition, achieved the best result, climbing the ranks of a 13and place the seed to finish 6and. Bennett was on fire, coming out strong in his first game of the day to then shoot the best scores on the pitch in the round of 16 for an easy 6-0 shutout before falling to Italy’s Giuseppe Verzini 6-2 in the quarter-finals. final.
Bennett’s teammates Timothy Palumbo and the Paralympic champion were both stopped dead in the first game of the day. 21st Top-seeded Palumbo took Slovakia’s David Ivan to a shootout after a thrilling back-and-forth battle, but Ivan’s X shot sealed the win.
Candice Caesar lost 6-0 in her first match against Ukrainian Anna-Viktoria Shevchenko.
Full competition results are available via World Archery and videos of the medal matches are on World Archery TV.