USA Closes Inaugural World Archery Masters Championships on Podiums

Aug. 18, 2018, 2:27 p.m. (ET)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The inaugural and 2018 World Archery Masters Championships drew to a close today following a week of outstanding performances by U.S. archers. Laura Bennettt Shelton is bringing home the World Archery Masters Championships indoor and outdoor target recurve titles, Richard Smith won the compound indoor title, plus an additional 26 U.S. podium finishes.

In today’s final events, the championship categories were the recurve 50+ field and compound 50+ indoor – both scored on qualification rounds. The indoor events featured 60 arrows at 25 meters and 60 arrows at 18 meters. With the highest combined score of 1169, USA’s Richard Smith earned the gold and the World Champion title. On the women’s side, Olympic medalist Debra Ochs finished 5th with 1127, just ahead of 6th place, Rebecca Burks’ 1126.

Indoor bronze medalist Tatyana Muntyan earned the silver in the recurve field championship event today with a 284 just behind Switzerland’s Nathalie Dielen. Alison Eaton finished 5th with a 273. Gary Yamaguchi was USA’s highest recurve 50+ men’s finisher, also ranking 5th with a 300.

For the recurve 40+ field events, USA’s Amy Skogen earned the bronze with a 240 and Carrie Lin was 6th with a 185. Finishing 7th for the men was Barry Watson with a 237. After winning gold outdoor and bronze indoor, recurve 60+ archer Angie Olds picked up another bronze finish in the field competition with 213. Cecelia Ross was 5th with a 73. Suzanne Phillips finished 2nd for the recurve master women with 160 points.

The barebow classes also competed indoors today, with Rick Stonebraker leading the barebow 50+ group and finishing with silver with a 989. William Hammac was 7th with 910. In the barebow women’s 60+, Marvy Schuman and Susan Palsbo went 1st and 2nd with 730 and 643.

The compound 40+ classes also competed in today’s field events and USA’s Charles Puls earned his third silver medal with 354 just ahead of bronze finisher Gabriel Shank’s 350. Shawn Wood was 4th for the women with 303.

In today’s target competition, all longbow age categories were combined and USA’s Richard Doria Jr. and Daniel Stafford qualified 5th and 6th with 455 and 452 respectively and both went out in tough quarterfinal matchups.

Complete results from the competition are available at www.worldarchery.org. Follow USA Archery on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more from the event.