POSTED: Thursday October 4th 2018

2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup Champions crowned in Samsun

The Hyundai Archery World Cup Final is a world-class invitational competition that closes the five-leg international archery season.

The 13th Hyundai Archery World Cup Final takes places on 29-30 September 2018 in Samsun, Turkey.

Colombia’s Sara Lopez beat Linda Ochoa-Anderson of Mexico, 146-144, in the compound women’s gold medal match to take her fourth title on the circuit. She previously won the event in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and joins Brady Ellison (USA) to lead all athletes in career wins.

Lopez beat host Turkey’s Gizem Elmaagacli by five points, 146-141, in the first round and then dropped only two points in the semis to beat So Chaewon of Korea, 148-146.

“I still can’t believe it. It’s like a dream. I always wanted it to be like this, to be as good as the archers I admire. Like Brady, he has four World Cups too,” said Sara.

In the compound men’s gold medal match, the USA’s Kris Schaff beat host nation representative Demir Elmaagacli, 148-146, to win his first title on the international circuit. The 2018 season was Schaff’s second on the international circuit.

The 26-year-old dispatched world number one Schloesser in his first match, 146-145, then took out Korea’s Kim Jongho of Korea in the semifinals, 148-147. Schaff’s opponent for gold, Demir Elmaagacli, didn’t qualify for the 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final but received the invitational spot given to Turkey as the host country. He was, perhaps, the toughest addition to the draw, being a circuit champion from 2015.

Lee Eun Gyeong beat host nation representative Yasemin Anagoz, 6-4, in the recurve women’s gold medal match on a rainy Sunday morning in Samsun, Turkey, closing her debut season as a member of the Korean senior team in style. Lee booked her place in Samsun by taking gold at the Hyundai Archery World Cup stage in Berlin.

The 21-year-old Korean archer beat two Olympic medallists in Ksenia Perova and Lisa Unruh to make the gold medal match against newly-crowned European Archery Champion Yasemin Anagoz. Anagoz didn’t qualify for Samsun outright but was given the spot Turkey receives as host nation of the tournament.

In the recurve men’s gold medal match, Kim Woojin beat young Korean teammate Lee Woo Seok, 7-3, to secure his third champion title on the circuit after the season-ending events in Tokyo in 2012 and Rome in 2017.

Lee qualified for Samsun by beating Kim to gold at the stage of the tour in Antalya. Since then, he’s lost two major finals to his veteran teammate; first, at the Asian Games in Jakarta and now at this Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.

Kim beat world number one Steve Wijler of the Netherlands in the first round, Australia’s Taylor Worth in the semifinals, and then stepped out in the finals arena one last time with teammate Lee. Sticking to his own prediction of either he or Brady Ellison taking gold, Woojin led from the beginning to the end of the five-set match.

This year’s tour started in Shanghai, then stopped at tournaments in Antalya, Salt Lake City and Berlin. For the first time, the winners of each stage received automatic spots at the World Cup Final. They were joined at the Final in Samsun by at least three qualifiers on points per division, plus a representative of the host nation, Turkey.

Three of the four champions of 2017 returned in the 32-athlete line-up, which also included 11 current or former world number ones.


RECURVE MEN: Lee Eun Gyeong (KOR)

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