Nel Viviers win Afro Pumps Shoot

A total of 30 archers from all over the country participated in 11 different categories. As always, the participants had to shoot a round of 720 during qualification to determine how they will be ranked for the elimination round that followed shortly thereafter.

And it was in the qualification round that Nel already made his presence felt, as he collected a total of 659 point. Only veteran Francois Marais was better, as he accumulated a fantastic score of 664. The third best archer during qualification was Ruan van Staden with 656 points.

Both Nel and Marais cruised through their first elimination round. They were then squared up against each other and this time it was Nel who kept an upper hand against his rival in what became the closest contest over the entire tournament. Both archers collected 134 from a possible 150 points during the initial shoot-off. In the sudden-death shoot-out that followed, each arrow could mean the difference between victory and defeat. And as both archers hit the 8 on their target, it was Nel’s arrow that was closest to the X and therefore gave him the win.

In the final Nel came up against van Staden who had won his semi-final match against Johan Wessels. And although van Staden put up a great display, it wasn’t enough to edge out Nel who secured his first title for the season.

During qualification in the women’s compound division, Viviers already made no mistake to get her name on top of the score sheet with 616 points. Ilana Malan followed with 606 and Liezl Schoeman with 559.

After an impressive showing in her semi-final against Mia Nel, Viviers moved to the final where she faced Malan. Continuing her good form, Viviers won gold with 132:130.

The compound cadet men’s category was won by Mynhardt Beukes as he edged out Hendrik van Eeden in the final with 136:129.

Harvey Park won the compound master men’s division, beating Moritz Hoff in their final with 124:118.

Meanwhile Xander Reddig, who was awarded a universality place for this year’s Youth Olympic in Nanjing/China, shot only six points under the qualification score he needs to be part of the games. Although the 15-year old isn’t quite there yet, the Archery Association of Namibia (AAN) is confident that Reddig will continue improving and achieve the qualification in time.

Other winners:

Compound U13 girls:

1. Hanné Snyman

2. Quinn Reddig

Recurve Men:

Peter van Eeden

Recurve Cadet Men:

Xander Reddig

Recurve U13 boys:

CF Brandt