North Africans dominate in Recurve Divisions Namibians Top in Compound

Although the Championships include both recurve and compound categories, only the recurve divisions are Olympic disciplines. The top two countries in these disciplines at the competition this week will each qualify one archer for Nanjing.

During the qualification and ranking round in the recurve cadet men’s category on Monday, Ali Elghrari of Libya made the first place, followed by the two Egyptians Ahmed Shamseldin and Seifeldin Elsehely. Namibia’s only competitor, Xander Reddig, came in fourth. It was however enough for Reddig to qualify for the elimination round that started yesterday (15thApril).

In the recurve cadet women’s division Hana Elshimy of Egypt took the top honors ahead of her team mate Rana Kamel and Kpetchehoue Zinsou of Benin. Together with fourth-placed Salma Esmat, these ladies will battle it out for the African title and a place in China.

Meanwhile there was a display of some fine archery in the recuve men’s and women’s development categories. The winners of these division will not be crowned African junior champions, but rather gather much-needed experience for other upcoming international events. Medals will, however, be awarded to the winners.

The men’s category was dominated by Seydouba Bangoura of Guinea with Banbin Nguelet of Chad in second and Namibia’s CF Brandt in third. Princillia Fangbi of the Central African Republic made first place in the ladies division, followed by Mama Sylla (Guinea) and Stephanie Alaina (Chad).

Meanwhile the Namibian compound delegation battled it out amongst themselves in their respective divisions. Since only the recurve categories are an Olympic discipline, all other African countries have opted not to send their compound archers, allowing Namibia to take the African title without competition.

In the qualification in compound junior men division Ruan van Staden was only athlete to compete, gaining 679 points.

Elisabeth Taljaard came first in the compound cadet women’s division, followed by Hanné Snyman and Quinn Reddig.

The first place in the compound cadet men’s category went to Mynhardt Beukes with Hendrik van Eeden in second and Sebastian Fechter in third.