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Roux’s rejoice after two medals for South Africa in Turkey

South African archery has every reason to full ‘bullish’ this weekend after taking two medals from the World Outdoor Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

Saturday saw the men’s compound team of World Games competitor Gabriel Badenhorst, DP Bierman and Patrick Roux win silver after losing the final against Denmark by five points.

Later in the day it was up to Roux’s wife Gerda to bring another medal home to South Africa as she won bronze in the individual compound final.

At 39, Roux is more than twice than the age of her rival for the bronze, 16-year-old Maja Orlic of Croatia.

Orlic had beaten defending champion Albina Loginova in the qualfiying round. Roux is a relative rookie in the world of archery, having only taken up the sport in June and this World Championships is only her second major event.

Orlic shot two eight’s on the second end which saw Roux start to buld and lead and she never looked back as she went on to win the medal 137-133.

The last time South Africa won a medal in the compound women’s category was four years ago when young Jorina Coetzee of Mpumalanga took the silver medal.

ÔÇ£I didn’t think I would be here on the finals carpet when I arrivedÔÇØ, said Roux. ÔÇ£It was difficult, I was trembling so much ÔÇô I still am.ÔÇØ

When asked about her 15-month journey from beginner to World Champion, she said: ÔÇ£If you put your mind to it, I’m sure everyone can achieve something. It took hard work and dedication, a lot of time and a lot of arrows. If you’re really committed ÔÇô I’m sure you can make it. Just practice, practice, practice.ÔÇØ


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