During the qualification round, Canada struggled with the high men’s score at 652 (Crispin Duenas) and the lowest at 617, which qualified Conner Sorley as the 81st seed out of field of 93 archers. Combining Hamilton Nguyen’s 643,and Brandon Xuereb’s 619 score with Duenas’ result, Canada was the 16th best team with a score of 1914 to confirm the last team round competition spot.
As the only Canadian women, Georcy Thiffeault Picard, who recently scored a new Canadian record, finished in 54th out of 68 women in the field with a score of 596. With the combined mixed team score of 1248 for Duenas and Thiffeault Picard, Canada finished outside the top 16 and failed to qualify for the mixed team elimination round. The mixed team round was recently approved as a new medal event at the Tokyo Olympics.
While Sorley and Xuereb were eliminated in the first round of individual competition, Duenas, Nguyen, and Thiffeault Picard all managed to move into the second round. Yet, Canada was unable to convert any of its 2nd round matches.Duenas was eliminated by Nor Haskin of Malaysia with a score of 2-6, while Acha Gonzalez (Spain) beat Nguyen 7-3, and Thiffeault Picard lost 4-6 to Russia’s Evgeniia Askarova.
“Our men’s individual performances were not good enough to move deeper into the field if you purely look at the numbers. Our match play arrow average across the 6 matches we competed in was 8.49, which was well below our average of 8.79 for the 6 matches we competed in at Shanghai a month ago, and where the weather was not materially different. Our combined Ranking Round average of 8.79 here was also lower than our 9.02 Shanghai performance”, commented coach Joan McDonald. “We are well into assessing the data and analyzing our performance. We think we are on the right track with our programs, but we need to learn why we are not seeing improvement in the World Cups, and debrief with our Technical Leadership Team. We will likely want to make some adjustments in a few areas.”
In the men’s team competition, Canada was eliminated in the first round by number 1 seed, Korea in straight sets with the scores at 54/56, 53/57, and 51/56 for an arrow average of 8.77 versus Korea’s 9.38.
The next World Cup is scheduled for Berlin, Germany in August. Canada will be travelling to Europe in late July to join Holland for a performance camp at their training site in Papendal.
For additional information on the Canadian Team at the Salt Lake City 2017 Hyundai Archery World Cup, contact Mary MacDonald or visit www.archerycanada.ca
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