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Straight-shooting Van Kradenburg keeps on nailing the big scores

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Sasolburg sharpshooter Jeanine van Kradenburg has the continental archery scene all a-quiver, writes Mark Etheridge.
Earlier this year she took gold in the Nimes Archery Festival in France, beating countrywoman Danelle Wentzel.
And she’s barely touched ground since her return to South Africa.
Last month she had not one but two more achievements that have seen her stamp her mark as not only the country but the continent’s crack compound archer.
First she became the first women in Africa to shoot a score of above 1400. ‘I shot a 1402, making me only the 17th compound woman in the world to achieve this since 2004. I did this at the Marks Park competition in Johannesburg.
‘We shoot 36 arrows from 70 metres, then another 36 arrows at the same 10-ring of 10 centimetres across from a distance of 60m then another 36 from 50 and another 36 from 30m.’
Later in the month she was at it again at the KwaZulu-Natal Championships in Durban. ‘Again I was the first woman in Africa to shoot a score above 700 when I shot a 701 and I’m only the fifth ever compound woman to achieve this.’
What’s more is that she’s only the fourth compound woman ever to achieve that unique double feat.
‘It’s very difficult to shoot a score of above 690, taking into consideration competition pressure, biological and mental strength as well as good weather.
And the Sasolburg hair salon owner is busy making more highlights this week. ‘We’re currently shooting SA Nationals, again at Marks Park in Johannesburg. I won the 1400 with a score of 1381 to win the national championships title.
‘On Tuesday we shot the 720 round and I’m currently ranked first after a good round of 690. Eliminations start Wednesday were we shoot sudden-death against each other – five sets of three arrows each for a total of 150 and I hope to continue my good form and make through to Thursday’s gold medal match.’
Looking further down the line and there are spots on the South African team up for grabs for the trip to Turkey (World Cup) and World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.  ‘We are five candidates for three spots on the team. Good form will hopefully see me making the team and give me another opportunity to prove myself on the world stage.’
Added an upbeat national archery federation president, Selwyn Moskovitz: ‘These are  important championships as it they will be the selection event for a number of international events.
‘Since 2012 we have been working on our Olympic programme and this is the first time that we have a pool of archers from whom to select. At this stage we have six archers who exceed the world archery federation minimum qualification score of 610. Those games will give our candidates another score that will allow us to reduce our pool to four.’


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