Wilde Wins First Nimes Title While Broadwater Takes Bronze
The second stage of the Indoor Archery World Cup was held in
Nimes, France this past weekend with over 1100 starters from 31 countries. The very
best in the world were in attendance as they prepared for the final round in
Las Vegas, and every category saw a first-time winner.
Reo Wilde started 2013 as he finished 2012: a champion. Having
won the Indoor Archery World Cup stages in Singapore and Las Vegas multiple
times, Nimes was an omission on his uniquely impressive resume. Wilde told
World Archery before the event: “It's not the only tournament that I haven't won... but I want to win
this time.” He had a hard route to the final with every match going at
least 5 sets, including a shoot-off against multiple indoor world record holder
and 2012 Nimes champion Sergio Pagni (ITA). Once in the final, though, Wilde
wasted no time, edging out local star Pierre-Julien Deloche (FRA) 7-1 to take
the gold without giving up a single set.
Wilde’s teammate and reigning world field champion Jesse
Broadwater secured third and clinched the bronze medal, stopping Njaal Aamaas
(NOR) with a 6-2 win.
Céline Schobinger (SUI) was arguably the biggest surprise of
the weekend, beating the multi-time world champion Natalia Valeeva (ITA) to
take the women’s recurve title. Schobinger was clearly the underdog, having
qualified three places below Valeeva and scraped past Kim Min Jung (KOR) in a
semi-final shootoff, but she stayed strong enough to recover from losing the
first set and went on to win 6-4.
Kim, part of a strong Korean contingent, beat defending
champion Lisa Unruh (GER) for the bronze medal. Unruh came closest of the 2012
champions to defending her title but was overpowered by Kim, who shot eleven
10s and one 9 in the match to win 6-2.
Sebastian Rohrberg (GER) managed his shooting perfectly across
the weekend, coming from a seeding of 17th to beat Rick van der Ven (NED), the
current European outdoor champion who placed fourth at the London Olympics.
Rohrberg took his chance to improve on his second place finish at the Amsterdam
Face2Face tournament and continue an impressive indoor season.
Rounding out an all-European final, Elias Cuesta Cobo (ESP) edged
past Alberto Zagami (ITA) for the bronze medal.
U.S. Olympic Team silver medalists Brady Ellison and Jake
Kaminski both qualified in the top 10 (third and ninth respectively) but exited
in the head-to-head matches, with Ellison falling to Cobo, and Kaminski going
out to eventual champion Rohrberg. Kaminski later said he “made great strides this shoot;”
both archers will be ones to watch at the upcoming Vegas Shoot, which is also
the third and final stage of this year’s Indoor Archery World Cup.
Naomi Jones (GBR) continued her success indoors by following up
her Amsterdam Face2Face victory with another win in Nimes. She showed her
intent with a perfect semifinal against Sandrine Vandionant- Frangili (FRA)
from host Arc Club de Nimes, with Jones scoring 90 points for 9 arrows to win
6-0. She then held off World Cup finalist Marcella Tonioli (ITA), coming from
behind to win 6-4. Jones commented: “to win with such a high level of
competition on the field is a really great experience."
In the bronze medal match, Vandionant-Frangili recovered
admirably to take the bronze medal from Gladys Willems (BEL), the most successful
Nimes competitor ever with four titles.
Photos and complete results may be found at http://tournoieuropeen.arcclubdenimes.com/index.php?lang=en.