Chris Perkins wins bronze medal at World Games
BIRMINGHAM, US – Chris Perkins, the sole Canadian archer at the 2022 World Games, will leave Alabama with a bronze medal around his neck in the compound target competition. The World Games are a multi-sport event for sports and/or disciplines not contested in the Olympics.
The first day, Friday, came with an excellent showing from the compound shooter. Perkins’ started off strong with a second place qualification in a field of 25 archers. His second half score was the highest in the group (358), and it totalled with his first half score to 713. The only tie break between him and first place finisher Mike Schloesseer (NED) was the number of Xs. This score earned him a bye to the ⅛ finals, where he faced off against American James Lutz, winning 148-146. In his second match of the day, he shot next to Lukasz Przybylski from Poland and again walked away with the win, 148-145. That wrapped up the first day and propelled him into the semifinals.
On Saturday, Perkins’ was slotted against Miguel Becerra (MEX) in one of two semifinals. It was a very tight match, with Becerra pulling ahead by only two points in the second end. While Perkins and Becerra were even keel for the rest of the match, because of that small lead, Becerra won the semifinal and advanced to the gold medal match. Perkins then quickly turned around and faced off against Abhishek Verma from India for the bronze. After a tie in the first end, Perkins consistently held the lead, only shooting two 9s in the whole match. His strong shooting carried him to a bronze medal in the men’s compound target competition, an amazing result for the Canadian archer.
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