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February 09, 2012

World Championships: Finals Preview

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - After three intense days of competition, the final contenders for gold, silver and bronze medals at the World Archery Indoor Championships have been decided, and they will shoot off in All-American fashion at the South Point Hotel & Casino's nationally renowned rodeo arena. Following is World Archery's preview of the intense individual and team competitions to come later today. Watch LIVE and for free on YouTube throughout the day:


Recurve Women Team

Bronze Medal - Russia (1) v Italy (3)

These teams have met twice last year. Italy won their last match, the semifinal of the EMAU Grand Prix in Boe (206-198), while Russia had won the quarterfinals of the EMAU Grand Prix in Antalya (219-212).

Italians Elena TONETTA and Natalia VALEEVA are defending team champion from the Rzeszow Worlds in 2009 - their third teammate this year is Guendalina SARTORI. Russia had been 3rd in Poland; Ksenia PEROVA and Natalya ERDYNIYEVA were on the team in 2009, they are joined this year by Dinara YANBARISOVA.

Gold Medal - Japan (4) v USA (2)

The USA have won the last three encounters between these teams, the last one being in 2010.

The Japanese team consists of Miki KANIE / Mistue NAGAOKA / Mai OKUBO.

The US team of NICHOLS, LEEK and DELOACH have the benefit of international experience; LEEK and NICHOLS were part of the silver medal winning team at the 2011 World Cup Stage One in Antalya. DELOACH, a newcomer to international competition, was the highest qualifying American in this week's event. 

Recurve Men Team

Bronze Medal - Mexico (5) v Ukraine (7)

These teams have not met in the last 5 years. Mexico was the bronze medallist in 2009 (Juan Rene SERRANO is the only athlete remaining from that team), where Ukraine had been 8th.


The Ukrainian team have the 2008 Olympic champion Viktor RUBAN along with Yuriy HAVELKO and Yaroslav MOKRYNSKY.

Gold Medal - USA (1) v Russia (3)

These teams had met at the 2010 World Cup stage 1 in Porec. USA defeated Russia in the 1/8 elimination round 223-208.

The USA are the defending champions (Brady ELLISON and Victor WUNDERLE were on that team, this year they have the addition of the individual finalist Jake KAMINSKI), while Russia had been 6th. The Russian team competing today is BADENOV / BORODIN / TSYREMPILOV.


Compound Women Team

Bronze Medal - Italy (4) v Great Britain (2)

This is the first match between these teams in recent years. The Great Britain had won the silver medal in 2009 (but the athletes present here, Andrea GALES / Naomi JONES / Nichola SIMPSON, did not compete in 2009). Italy had won the bronze (Laura LONGO was on the team, today she is joined by Katia D'AGOSTINO and Marcella TONIOLI). 

Gold Medal - USA (1) v Russia (3)

This final is a classic. There have been 10 encounters between these two teams since 2006. The USA defeated Russia three times, including the last two matches, both times at the Shanghai World Cup (2010 and 2011). However Russia beat the USA in their most important match - the gold medal final of the 2009 World Championships (229-219).

The USA are the defending champions from 2009. Erika ANSCHUTZ was already on the team at the time. The other two members of the team this year are Christie COLING and Tristan SKARVAN. The Russian team consists of the 2009 and 2011 world champion Albina LOGINOVA, the individual finalist Viktoria BALZHANOVA and Natalia AVDEEVA.


Compound Men Team

Bronze Medal - Canada (5) v Great Britain (3)

Two of the three Canadian team members have been individual world champions (PERKINS in 2011 and TRILLUS in 2007). Duncan BUSBY was part of the Great Britain team that won the silver medal at the last Indoor Worlds in Rzeszow. His teammates in Vegas are Liam GRIMWOOD and Chris WHITE.

Gold Medal - USA (1) v France (2)

This is a rematch of the Turin World Championships quarterfinals. The USA had defeated France 239-231.

The USA are the defending champions from 2009. Braden GELLENTHIEN had shot on that team - this year he is joined by Jimmy BUTTS and Reo WILDE. France has improved from the last Indoor Worlds: in 2009 they had been bronze medallists (Pierre-Julien DELOCHE is the only archer returning, the other two this year are Sebastien PEINEAU and Guillaume RUBBEN).

Compound Junior Women Individual

Gold Medal - Lexi KELLER (USA/13) v Runa GRYDELAND (NOR/3)

Lexi KELLER won a team silver on Wednesday at the Indoor Worlds. Runa GRYDELAND was 9th at the 2011 Cadet World Championships.

This is their first encounter.


Compound Junior Men Individual

Gold Medal - Rheinhard LOUW (USA/5) v Bridger DEATON (USA/3)

LOUW won a team bronze earlier this week. DEATON is a Cadet Team and Mixed Team champion from Legnica 2011, and he became team junior world champion here in Vegas yesterday.

This is their first encounter.


Recurve Junior Women Individual 

Gold Medal - Anastasia PAVLOVA (UKR/9) v Kristina TIMOFEEVA (RUS/2)

The Ukrainian archer has won the gold medal in the team competition here in Vegas. She is also a world team silver medallist from Legnica 2011 in the Cadet category. Her Russian opponent is world team silver medallist (Cadet in 2009 and Junior in 2011).


Recurve Junior Men Individual

Gold Medal - Sjef VAN DEN BERG (NED/5) v Luca MARAN (ITA/6)

The 16-year-old Sjet VAN DEN BERG has the experience of the Cadet World Championships (he placed 9th in 2011). Luca MARAN has won two team silver medals at the Cadet World Championships (2008 and 2009).


Recurve Women Individual

Bronze Medal - Ksenia PEROVA (RUS/1) v Naomi FOLKARD (GBR/11)

PEROVA has already medalled at the previous Indoor Worlds in 2009 - a bronze with her team. She has already won medals in the World Cup circuit and it's not a major surprise to see her in the bronze medal final, as she was the best archer in qualifications. As for Naomi FOLKARD - it's her second final for bronze at a World Indoor Championships - she was 4th individually in 2007.

These athletes have met once in the past: in the 1/16 elimination round at the Turin World Championships in 2011, PEROVA had won 6-0.

Gold Medal - Natalia VALEEVA (ITA/7) v Miranda LEEK (USA/7)

Natalia VALEEVA became indoor world champion back in 1992. More recently, she was the silver medallist at the last Indoor World Championships in 2009 and will be hoping to improve to gold this time. At that occasion, she had also led her team to the gold medal. Her opponent Miranda LEEK is competing in her first Indoor World Championships, at age 18.

Miranda LEEK has defeated VALEEVA on their only previous encounter, 6-4 at the London Archery Classic in 2011.


Recurve Men Individual

Bronze Medal - Brady ELLISON (USA/1) v Heribert DORNHOFER (AUT/14)

As No 1 of the World Ranking and winner of the qualifications, Brady ELLISON is the big favourite in this final. He is also an indoor team world champion from 2009. Heribert DORNHOFER is a surprise finalist - it is not his first Indoor Worlds but it is his first shot at a medal at the world level.

It is their first encounter.

Gold Medal - Jake KAMINSKI (USA/5) v Marco GALIAZZO (ITA/7)

Jake KAMINSKI was the surprise of this event when he defeated teammate Brady ELLISON to advance to this final. It is his first Indoor World Championships and his first medal in a World Championships.

It is their first encounter.

Compound Women Individual

Bronze Medal - Christie COLIN (USA/1) v Linda OCHOA (MEX/6)

The American archer was team champion and 9th individually at the Indoor Worlds in 2007. She is back after missing the 2009 Indoor Worlds when she was pregnant with her second son. Linda OCHOA is competing in her first Indoor Worlds.

It's their first encounter.

Gold Medal - Inge VAN CASPEL (NED/13) v Viktoria BALZHANOVA (RUS/23)

Both finalists are competing in their first Indoor World Championships. PEROVA is the 2010 European outdoor champion. The 20-year-old VAN CASPEL has the experience of the Youth World Championships (she was junior world champion in 2009 and runner-up in 2011), but it's her first senior worlds and her first final at this level.

It's their first encounter.


Compound Men Individual

Bronze Medal - Guillaume RUBBEN (FRA/21) v Julio Ricardo FIERRO (MEX/23)

It's the first World Championships for the French archer. The 21-year-old Mexican (who will turn 22 on the 12nd of February) was the 2010 Panamerican champion and has taken part in several World Cup events, and it's his first Indoor Worlds.

It's their first encounter.

Gold Medal - Jimmy BUTTS (USA/9) v Reo WILDE (USA/3)

This gold medal final features two archers who have both won double gold medals (team and individual) at an Indoor World Championships! Jimmy BUTTS in Havana in 1999, competing at the time on the same team as Dee WILDE, father or Reo! BUTTS hasn't been very active on the international circuit since. Reo was world indoor team and individual champion in 2003 in Nimes and 2005 in Aalborg (he also won a third team title in 2007).

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