United States’ Zach Garrett overcame Chinese Taipei’s Wei Chun-Heng to book his place in the final of the individual men’s recurve competition at the Archery World Cup event in Shanghai in China today.
Garrett was the shining light on a difficult day of individual eliminations for the US team, which saw three-time champion Brady Ellison suffer defeat at the hands of Russia’s Arsalan Baldanov.
The American matched Wei’s 10 in a semi-final shoot-off, but his was deemed closer to the centre and handed him victory.
“I knew I couldn’t shoot as fast as he could, so I knew I was going to be going second,” said Garrett.
“I saw where his arrow hit, and all I said to myself was: ‘I can do this’.
“It felt good today.
“There’s really no beautiful reason why, it just felt good.
“Good to shoot the way I know I can shoot.”
Garrett now goes onto face second seed Sjef van den Berg in the gold medal match after the Dutchman halted an impressive run from Mexico’s Ernesto Boardman in the other semi-final, winning 7-3.
In the recurve women’s competition, Chinese Taipei’s Tan Ya-Ting beat 2013 world champion Maja Jager of Denmark in four sets to give herself a shot at the gold medal.
Awaiting her in the final is international debutant Ju Hyebhin, who came through an all-South Korean semi-final against Kim Chaeyun with four straight 29s.
The Netherlands’ Mike Schloesser, the 2013 world champion, will meet Turkey’s Demir Elmaagacli in the individual men’s compound final.
Two-time defending champion Sara López of Colombia goes up against Denmark’s Sarah Sonnichsen for top honours in the individual women’s compound.
- By Daniel Etchells
- Republished with permission insidethegames.biz