Two Top 8 finishes in the World Cup
With over a year of no international competition, the Canadian men have returned to the field to start the 2021 season off well. Amidst the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic, Canada fielded four archers in Guatemala City, made possible through the ongoing support of the Government of Canada.
Following the first day of qualifications, all four archers advanced to the eliminations round, and Canada’s team advanced to the team eliminations. There were some highlights for the Canadians from the week. Brian Maxwell won his first elimination against Diego Castro of Guatemala, moving on to face a tight match against Spain’s Miguel Garcia. Eric Peters fought through the eliminations, advancing from his match against Romain Fichet of France following a one arrow shoot off. Crispin Duenas began eliminations in the top 32 against Thomas Flossbach of Guatemala, with Flossbach taking the win to advance and face Eric Peters. Peters was again successful in that elimination and advanced to his first World Cup top 8 in his 3rd World Cup competition. Ultimately, he was defeated in the quarter final against India’s Das Atanu.
Canada achieved a second top 8 in the team competition (Duenas, Peters, Maxwell) however, were eliminated in a tightly contested quarter final against Germany, including a tie breaking match. Germany moved on to compete against the USA, but were stopped from the final in three sets, moving on to win against France in the bronze medal match. The USA will face Spain for the Gold medal match on Monday.