Van Natta Among Four New World Cup Winners
The World Cup 2008 season came to an end last September with the crowning of four new champions at the Final in Lausanne. The new winning faces are Im Dong-Hyun (KOR), Justyna Mospinek (POL), Dietmar Trillus (CAN) and Jamie Van Natta (USA). The venue for this event was the Montbenon Esplanade in the Olympic capital, surrounded by beautiful gardens and with an unrestricted view of Lake Geneva and the mountains.
In the men's recurve category Im Dong-Hyun, the reigning world champion from last year and also two-time team Olympic champion (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), beat Ukraine's Olympic champion Viktor Ruban in the gold final. The young and talented Frenchman Romain Girouille took the bronze medal at the expense of another Korean, Park Kyung-Mo.
The gold medal was won by Poland's Justyna Mospinek photo, who defeated the 2004 individual Olympic champion, two-time team Olympic champion (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), individual Olympic silver medallist (Beijing 2008) and several-time world champion, Korea's Park Sung-Hyun, in the final. Yun Ok-Hee of Korea beat the Italian Natalia Valeeva, 2007 world champion, to take the bronze.
In the men's compound category, the gold medal was won by the reigning world champion Canada's Dietmar Trillus photo, who beat the local archer Patrizio Hofer in the final. Patrick Coghlan of Australia won the bronze. Italy again missed out on a medal with Italy's Sergio Pagni taking fourth place.
Jamie Van Natta (USA) was the sole archer competing in the World Cup Final for the third time in a row. After a fourth place in 2006 and a bronze medal last year, she won gold in the women's compound event. The American beat Great Britain's Nichola Simpson in the final. Amandine Bouillot of France won the bronze medal, with Croatia's Ivana Buden leaving Lausanne empty handed.
The semi-final between Van Natta and Bouillot proved tight. The two ladies took the lead one from the other several times. After the regular twelve arrows, the score was tied at 108 points. Shooting first in the shoot-off, the American, who holds many world records and started as the favourite in Lausanne, put pressure on her opponent from France with a 10. The tension was too much for Bouillot who conceded defeat with a final 8.
The gold medal match between Simpson, who broke five Masters world records in 2008, and the favourite Van Natta was expected to be tense. After three ends, the Briton Simpson came up with a two point lead, 86-84. But her opponent from the U.S. finished like a cannonball with three 10s and 114 points. This was too much for Simpson who keeled over with an 8 and two 9s (112 points).