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SA trio shoot their way to silver in Turkey

By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s compound archers will bring more medals and glory back home with them next week after winning silver in the team category at World Championships in Antelya, Turkey on Saturday.

Not only were South Africa up against Denmark in the final, they were also up against the elements with storms playing havoc with both the conditions and the rule book.

So bad were conditions that World Archery saw fit to make two changes to ensure proper competition.

Those changes saw archers being allowed double the time limit to shoot their arrows ÔÇô four minutes instead of the usual two. Also, instead of the usual two targets aimed had, archers could focus on just one.

Despite this, conditions resulted in some of the lowest scores seen in World Championship.

Still, South Africa adapted well to the weather conditions to reach the final and Patrick Roux, DP Bierman and Gabriel Badenhorst will make  another triumphant home-coming after just a few weeks ago winning silver in the World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland.

The story of the final saw South African shooting first in the opening end of six arrows, scoring 59 to which Denmark replied with 58.

It was then Denmark’s turn to shoot, scoring 29 with their first three arrows, RSA responding with a 28, equalising the score. ┬áDenmark finished the second end of six arrows, giving them a total of 116 after 12 arrows. ┬áFour 9’s in the RSA end gave RSA a score of 115, giving Denmark a lead of two points.

It was now South Africa’s turn to shoot, opening with a 9-10-9 with Denmark responding with a 9-10-10. SA finished the end with a 9-9-10 and a total of 171 after 18 arrows. ┬áDenmark responded with a 10-10-9 giving the opposition a four point lead 175-171.

In the final end, RSA opened with a perfect 10-10-10 against Denmark’s perfect score. And In the last there arrows, RSA shot 10-9-10 against Denmark’s 10-10-10, who won gold by five points with a final score of 230-235.