Namibian Archers improve their World Rankings at World Cup in Turkey

The event saw the team of Lesley Page, Louw Nel, Francois Marais and Ruan van Staden came up against the world elite of archery. The unfamiliar windy and humid conditions took their toll on the Namibian team. 

Page started with a World Archery (WA) ranking of 198th and ended 91st after the 720 qualification round, gaining a good 647 points. During 1/48 eliminations, Page came up against 22nd ranked Alberto Blazquez from Spain. Blazquez eventually went through to the next round with 140 points against Page’s 130 points.

In other action Marais, who had competed at last year’s World Cup Stage 2 in Antalya and at the World Games in Colombia, showed that the experience gained at these events was worthwhile. He started with a 65th rank and quickly made 57th rank thanks to a solid score of 684 points during his 720 round. In his elimination round against Daniel Martin (56th) from Brazil, Marais had a tight match, giving it away only with his last arrow. Martin went through with 139 against Francois 138.

Nel, starting with the WA-ranking 247th and came in at 70th after the 720 round with a respectable score of 679. He started a good elimination, scoring 30 points in the first end against Sergio Garrido from Spain. With 146 to 138 points, Nel advanced through to the 1/24 elimination where he then faced Page’s opponent Blazquez. In this round Blazquez shoot his best of 147 points to defeat Nel (138).

The highest elimination score of the tournament was shoot by Braden Gellenthien of the USA with an outstanding 148 out of 150 points in the compound men’s division.

Meanwhile recurve specialist van Staden took his first steps in the compound men division. As non-ranked archer he ended his 720 round on the 79th place with a score of 672. In his elimination round, the promising youngster came up against Daniel Munoz from Columbia (ranked 34th). Munoz was a tough nut to crack as already won a silver medal at World Cup Stage 2 on his home soil earlier this year. However, van Staden managed to keep his Colombian counterpart at bay forcing a tie of 144 each. The round now had to be decided with a single arrow shoot-off. Both archers managed to shoot a 9, but Munoz’s arrow was closer to the centre, allowing him to advance to the round of 1/24.

Yong Hee Cho from Korea went on to win the gold medal with Rajat Chauhan from India coming in second. Mike Schlosser from the Netherlands was third.

Of the 23 mens teams matches Namibia came 18th just behind Germany.

Louw got himself a final World Cup Stage 3 ranking of 33rd and Marais, van Staden and Page 57th. Namibia is currently ranked 49th from 102 archery nations.