Day Four at World Masters Games 2017
The final day of the World Masters Games dawned bright and clear in Auckland. Locals declared it one of the best stretches of autumn weather they’ve ever seen. The archers got together to fight it out for the last few medals and see if they could continue their winning streaks or edge out one of their competitors.
In the outdoors, Evgenii Sergeev of Russia ended up with the silver medal in the Men’s Compound 30-39 division, falling 135 points to Ian Asidera of Australia’s 141. In the Men’s Compound 40-49 division, Gustav Bam of New Zealand was the favourite heading in, but was taken out by his compatriot Wayne Sargent in the semi-final, putting Bam into the bronze medal match against Bryan Monkarsh of the USA. Bam took the medal, ending up with three gold, one bronze for these games. Sargent held on in the gold medal match but Bruce Shuker of New Zealand was too strong for him and the 4th-ranked Shuker had the gold.
In the Men’s Compound 50-59 division, Gary Young of New Zealand and Kostyantyn Shkolny of Ukraine were arrow-to-arrow matched all the way through the gold medal match, giving some of the spectators cause to worry about their hearts! In the end it was decided on a shoot-off, which Young took with a beautiful X-shot, and Shkolny could only manage a 9.
In the Indoors, Australia, Switzerland and Germany showed what they were capable of, taking the top three spots in most of the divisions.
In the World Archery field round, Olympian Ken Uprichard of New Zealand took his fourth gold medal, winning the Men’s Recurve 30-39 division by over 20 points. What an athlete! Gold in all events! The only other New Zealand archer who managed to do that was Elizabeth Ellery-Siaosi in the Women’s Compound 40-49 division. What incredible feats for both archers.
Fiona Guest of New Zealand finally managed to break out of her bronze malaise by taking the gold medal in the Women’s Compound 50-59 division, and Sherry Gale of Australia continued her dominance in the Women’s Compound 60-69 division, winning gold there too.
In the IFAA field event, Dawn Nelson-Furnell of Australia won gold in the Women’s Recurve 50-59 division, with Nathalie Dielen Pilloud of Switzerland taking silver and Micky Gunn of New Zealand the bronze. Morten Schelander of Norway took gold in the Men’s Combined Recurve Barebow 40-49 division against mostly Australian archers, and Jason Meehan of Great Britain did the same in the Men’s Combined Barebow 50-59 division.
On behalf of Archery New Zealand we would like to thank all of the archers for their amazing effort and their fine results; the officials and judges for all their hard work in running the event; and all the volunteers whose work we couldn’t have done without. It’s because of you that this event was such a success.
Full results can be found here.