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Archers on the up
- Updated: July 26, 2011
Following the recent World Archery Championships in Turin, Italy, Team South Africa are now ranked third in the world.
The event crowned new world champions in a sport that combines precision, intensity, elegance and fair play and allocated 35 places out of 64 per gender for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Moreover, the championships were the first in the history of archery to crown Mixed Team world champions and to be directly followed by the World Archery Para Championships.
The event is presented as the most important sports event hosted by Turin, former capital of Italy, in the year when the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of its reunion. A sports event that, even in the choice of venues, seems to fit perfectly into the calendar of events dedicated to this historical celebration.
The venues for the world championships were directly connected to the events and personalities of the Italian Renaissance: the final matches were contested in the Piazza Castello, the old parade ground in the heart of the city which is overlooked by Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, and other symbolic buildings of baroque age. The qualifications and first rounds of eliminations took place in the 18th-century hunting residence of Stupinigi, which is one of the Savoy palaces designed by Filippo Juvarra.
At the championships our best results came in the men’s compound bow where Free State’s Gabriel Badenhorst placed fourth, Seppie Cilliers ninth and Lloyd Reeders 17th. Overall results showed an improved individual performance compared to the 2009 championships and commentators made a point of saying what a fine showing South Africa had put up.