Hart posts trio of top-10 finishes at Salt Lake City World Cup
June 26, 2018
OTTAWA (Archery Canada) – Madison Hart of Regina posted a trio of top-10 finishes as a contingent of 11 Canadians competed at the Salt Lake City 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup from June 18-24 at the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center.
Hart was the lone Canuck to reach the quarter-final round in individual competition, finishing seventh overall among 39 competitors in women’s compound. After placing 10th in the qualifying stage with 660 points and earning a bye in the first ranking round, the 21-year-old defeated 23rd-seeded Christie Colin of the United States 142-141 and seventh-seeded Sarah Prieels of Belgium 145-144, before falling to France’s Sophie Dodemont, the second seed and eventual bronze medallist, by a score of 139-145 in the fourth round.
Teammates Fiona McClean of Belle River, Ont., and Fiona Maude of North Bay, Ont., shared 17th place after falling in the second round, while Bryanne Lameg of Winnipeg dropped her opening ranking match to finish in 33rd position. The trio had placed 20th (643 points), 29th (632) and 35th (622) in qualification, respectively.
In her opening-round loss, Lameg, who is only 18, was tied at one point with two-time world champion Albina Loginova of Russia before conceding a 141-142 decision.
A pair of Canadians also cracked the top 10 in men’s individual compound as 18-year-old Austin Taylor of Winnipeg and Robert Nott of Ilderton, Ont., finished ninth after reaching the third round. Brendan von Richter of Port Moody, B.C., made the second round and placed 17th in a group of 50 archers.
All three saw their tournament end against top competition. Taylor, who qualified 20th with 680 points, lost to fourth-seeded and eventual runner-up Abhishek Verma of India, Nott (46th – 646) was defeated by third-seeded and gold medallist Stephan Hansen of Denmark, while von Richter (32nd – 671) was stopped by top-seeded Kris Schaff of the USA in a one-arrow, sudden-death shoot-off.
In men’s individual recurve, Crispin Duenas, a three-time Olympian from Scarborough, Ont., and Brian Maxwell of Vancouver reached the third round and tied for 17th place, while Hamilton Nguyen of Toronto and Brad Fulsang of Peterborough, Ont., who was making his World Cup debut, ended up in 33rd position following second-round losses. In qualification, the foursome had placed 24th (642 points), 37th (632), 51st (615) and 61st (587), respectively, in a field of 68 competitors.
In their third-round matches, Duenas and Maxwell fell to ninth-seeded American Jack Williams and fifth-seeded Tang Chih-Chun of Chinese Taipei, respectively.
Canada also competed in four team events in Utah’s capital city.
The Red and White’s best result came in women’s compound, where Hart, McClean and Maude combined for a quarter-final appearance and a seventh-place finish. After qualifying fifth with a 1,935-point tally, the trio lost a heartbreaking 215-216 decision to their fourth-seeded American rivals, the eventual bronze medallists, in the quarters.
Meanwhile, the men’s recurve squad (Duenas, Nguyen, Maxwell) also reached the quarter-finals before settling for eighth place, while the men’s compound (Taylor, Nott, von Richter) and mixed compound (Hart, Taylor) teams finished ninth.
After qualifying in 11th place with 1,889 points, Duenas, Nguyen and Maxwell upset sixth-seeded Chinese Taipei 6-2 in their first ranking duel before dropping a hard-fought 5-4 quarter-final affair against the Netherlands, the third seed and eventual champions.
“We had a number of notable performances in compound competition,” said Kathleen Millar, Canada’s compound team leader in Salt Lake City. “Madison ranked higher this year in the qualification round and shot strong eliminations to the quarter-finals. Bryanne was tied at one point with two-time world champion Albina Loginova during her elimination match. Robbie almost upset top-seeded Kris Schaff of the USA, and Brendan won his first World Cup elimination round.
“The team worked very well together and encouraged each other. The winds on the field this year were stronger and more variable than last year, and that made for a challenging week.”
“We had lots of opportunities this week, and a number of times were within striking distance. However, at the end of the day, we failed to convert opportunity into podium performances,” said Canadian national recurve coach Shawn Riggs. “Work continues with the team on a number of fronts and we are maintaining our focus on Tokyo 2020. We leave Salt Lake City with 350 days to go before the world championships, and our best opportunity to qualify a team for Tokyo.”
Salt Lake City was the third of four stops on the 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup circuit, with the last event set for July 16-22 in Berlin, Germany. The World Cup Finals are scheduled for Sept. 29-30 in Samsun, Turkey.
CANADA’S RESULTS – 2018 SALT LAKE CITY WORLD CUP:
Compound Women Individual (39 competitors)
Compound Men Individual (50 competitors)
T17. Crispin Duenas (third round)
Compound Women Team Competition (9 teams)
7. Canada (Hart, McClean, Maude) (quarter-finals)
Compound Men Team Competition (10 teams)
T9. Canada (Taylor, Nott, von Richter) (first round)
Compound Mixed Team Competition (14 teams)
T9. Canada (Hart, Taylor) (first round)
Recurve Men Team Competition (15 teams)
8. Canada (Duenas, Nguyen, Maxwell) (quarter-finals)