Day 3 round-up: Mexican's victory waves farewell to Korean hopes of a medals clean sweep
The European Archery Festival at Telford's International Centre ended with spectacular glamour and bright lights - and the archery lived up to all the fanfare.
A packed crowd at Britain's biggest ever indoor archery event, involving just under 900 archers from 41 countries, saw Korea, France, USA and The Netherlands sharing the gold medals - with three finals out of four involving archers from the same country.
Jean Charles Valladont won the all French men's recurve final against Thomas Faucheron, while it was an all Dutch affair in the men's compound, with Peter Elzinga getting the better of world outdoor champion Mike Schloesser.
There were no surprises in the women's recurve, with Yu Mi Kim beating her fellow Korean Sehul Park in the final. Olympic 2012 silver medalist Aida Roman prevented a Korean clean sweep of the medals, defeating Sungeon Jeon to the bronze.
The women's compound was the only final without two archers of the same country: with world number one Erika Jones from the USA seeing off a determined challenge from Denmark's Camilla Soemod. Jenine Meissner of Germany took the bronze, halting a thrilling fight back from American Jamie Van Natta.
It was left to the juniors to deliver medals for host nation Great Britain. Jack Grogan won gold in the men's junior recurve tournament, with teammate Brad Denny taking bronze. Bryony Pitman took the women's junior recurve silver, while there was a GB 1-2-3 in the women's junior compound, where Aalin George took gold.
Compound women: gold: Erika Jones (USA), silver: Camilla Soemod (DEN), bronze: Jenine Meissner (GER)
Compound men: gold: Peter Elzinga (NED), silver: Mike Schloesser (NED), bronze: Levi Morgan (USA)
Recurve men: gold: Jean Charles Valladont (FRA), silver: Thomas Faucheron (FRA), bronze: Sjef Van Den Berg (NED)
Recurve women: gold: Yu Mi Kim (KOR), silver: Sehul Park (KOR), bronze Aida Roman (MEX)
Recurve junior men: gold: Jack Grogan (GBR), silver: Florian Tissot (FRA), bronze: Brad Denny (GBR)
Recurve junior women: gold: Irati Zurbano (ESP), silver: Bryony Pitman (GBR), bronze: Sophie Smets (BEL)
Compound junior men: gold: David Houser (USA), silver: Baris Tandogan (TUR), bronze: Viktor Orosz (HUN)
Compound junior women: gold: Aalin George (GBR), silver: Sophie Brown (GBR), bronze: Isabelle Carpenter (GBR)
Day 2 round-up: Faucheron ends Ellison's hopes by a whisker!
Archers from Denmark, USA, Germany, Netherlands, France, Mexico and Korea will be chasing Indoor World Cup gold on the final day of competition at the European Archery Festival in Telford.
A second superb day ended with some thrilling matches in the first three head-to-head rounds, and some incredibly tense quarter-finals.
None more so than the men's recurve quarter-final that saw Frenchman Thomas Faucheron end Olympic team silver medalist Brady Ellison's hopes - the American beaten by centimetres as both he and Faucheron shot perfect 10s in a one-arrow shoot off.
Next up is Sebastian Rohrberg of Germany, who beat another Frenchman, Thomad Aubert, in another tense semi-final - Rohrberg winning another one arrow shoot off with a 10 to his opponent's 9.
But there could be an all French gold medal match, as Jean Charles Valladon secured a semi-final meeting against Dutchman Sjef Van Den Berg, neither needing a shoot-off to settle their respective ties.
There will definitely be a Korean in the women's recurve gold medal match - three are through to the semi-finals.
Sungeun Jeon - the joint leader in the Indoor World Cup overall standings heading into round three at Telford - faces Sehul Park in an all Korean pairing. Yu Mi Kim, who beat the other joint leader - GB's Naomi Folkard - in round two of the head-to-heads, takes on Mexico's Aida Roman.
Indeed, Roman scuppered an all-Korean semi with a quarter-final victory over Hyejin Chang; and that after she defeated another Korean in the previous round. Then the London 2012 silver medalist saw off Songi Woo 6-4 - quite a contest against her former coach, who now works for Archery GB!
In compound, its Netherlands versus USA in both men's semi-finals. World champion Mike Schloesser faces Paul Tedford, while Peter Elzinga goes against Levi Morgan.
There's two Americans in the women's compound semi finals, too. Jamie Van Natta takes on Denmark's Camilla Soemod, while Erika Jones - who ended home hopes of a place in the last four when she saw off GB's Naomi Jones in the quarter-finals - faces Germany's Jenine Meissner.
Day 1 round-up: High Five for Korea on Day One of Telford spectacular
It was a dominating day for Korean women, and a great day for two American men on the opening day of competition at the European Archery Festival, at Telford's International Centre.
Korea dominated the women's recurve competition, posting the top five scores after completing their 60 arrows from 18 metres.
You Mi Kim, Se Hui Park, and Jeon Sungeun hold the top three places after two ranking round sessions, with scores of 592, 591, and 590 respectively. Jeon is currently the joint overall leader with GB's Naomi Folkard, in the Indoor Archery World Cup tournament after two rounds. Telford is the third of four legs.
Folkard, who won the gold medal at the Indoor World Cup first leg in Marrakesh, began her campaign in Telford with a score of 562, five points ahead of GB teammates Amy Oliver and Charlotte Burgess.
Two American men were dominant in their sections on day one. In men's compound Chance Beauboeuf was in phenomenal form, dropping just four points from 60 arrows, and establishing himself a four points lead at the top of the leaderboard.
Ruben Blayendaal of The Netherlands came closest to Beaubouef with 592, while Paralympic World Champion John Stubbs was GB's best performer on day one with 577.
In men's recurve, American Brady Ellison set the standards with a 60 arrow score of 593 - seven points better than closest rival after day one, Thomas Aubert of France. Two other Americans - Jake Kaminski ,582, and Jeremiah Cusick, 578, both shot well.
Cusick's 578 was matched by GB's best men's recurve performer on the opening day, Gavin Sutherland, with fellow Brit George Harding two points behind.
In women's recurve, the two time former World Champion Albina Loginova of Russia posted the day's best score with 580. Linda Townsend of GB scored 569, and currently sits in 6th place on the uncompleted leaderboard.
Tickets for the European Archery Festival can now ONLY be bought on the door. Please arrive in good time!
Friday 24 January 2014 - £15 (13:00-20:30*): spectator entry to qualification and UK's largest ever archery expo.
Saturday 25 January 2014 - £20 (08:00-20:30*): spectator entry to qualification, elimination and UK's largest ever archery expo.
Sunday 26 January 2014 - £25 (08:00-17:00*): spectator entry to second-chance shoot, junior and senior finals and UK's largest ever archery expo.
Concessions (under 16 or over 60) = 50% off
Under 5s = free!
Family ticket (2 adult and 2 concessions) = Friday £25, Saturday £35, Sunday £45.
*All times are subject to change.
Format: Q Round, head-to-head knockout
Q Round: 2x30-arrows at 18 metres
Finals: Set-system knockouts at 18 metres
Cut: Top 32 progress to finals
Second chance: Archers who do not make the cut will qualify for the second chance tournament
Expo: Largest trade show in Europe
Exhibitors: List here
Spectators: Available on door
Q-Round D is full. Do not expect to be able to enter on the door.
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Jon Nott (Competition Manager)
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Chairman Dave Harrison (Archery GB)
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Gary Hargraves (Event Director)
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Simon Powell (GB Para Archer)
many thanks to you for a great show! You have set a new standard at our side of the Atlantic and I'm happy that archery is becoming more professional in all aspects
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