The Netherlands’ Mike Schloesser broke his own individual men’s compound qualifying world record on the opening day of the Archery World Cup event in Shanghai in China.
Schloesser, the 2013 world champion, scored 717 out of a possible 720 to better the mark of 716 set at a regional tournament in his homeland.
“It always feels good to shoot a record, but it feels even better to do it here,” said the Dutchman.
“And I only put three arrows out.
“It’s not a lot.”
Reigning world champion Stephan Hansen of Denmark came as close as anyone to matching Schloesser’s total with 712, while American archers Alex Wifler, Steve Anderson and Reo Wilde amassed 712, 711 and 710 respectively.
The United States trio’s combined score of 2,133 upped their country’s own world record ranking-round mark from the 2,130 set at the 2011 World Championships in Turin.
Schloesser and his team-mates Peter Elzinga and Thomas van Eil matched the previous world mark, giving them a European record.
Two-time defending champion Sara López of Colombia finished top of the individual women’s compound qualification standings.
Her 708 was just shy of her own world record of 713, but was good enough to rank number one in a strong field.
The US’s Crystal Gauvin qualified second after shooting a personal best of 703 – eight points more than her previous mark – while Denmark’s Sarah Sonnichsen qualified third with 702.
The South Korean trio of Seol Da-yeong, Song Yun-soo and Kim Yun-hee, who came in fourth, fifth and 21st respectively, finished top of the women’s compound team rankings with 2,088.
In the men’s recurve, three-time champion Brady Ellison of the US posted the third-highest score of all time with a personal best 697 points out of 720.
His total ranks behind South Koreans Im Dong Hyun and Kim Bubmin’s scores of 699 and 698 respectively, set at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Netherlands’ Sjef van den Berg also posted a personal record in Shanghai, after shooting 350 for the back-half of his 72-arrow ranking round.
He finished second, 10 points behind Ellison on 687, and two points ahead of Australia’s Alec Potts.
Led by Ellison, the US took top spot in the men’s recurve team qualification with significant contributions coming from Zach Garrett on 672 and Jacob Wukie on 663.
- By Daniel Etchells
- Republished with permission insidethegames.biz