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‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands – Emma Rose Ravish and Teresa Wallace forged early upsets at today’s elimination matches at the World Archery Para Championships.
All the USA recurve and compound open men had byes through today’s matches following strong qualification rounds, but the women faced early round match ups.
Recurve open Ravish had a personal best in qualification to rank 33rdand faced Aya Nakanishi of Japan in the 1/24thround. Starting out down 2-0, Ravish brought it back to a 3-3 tie and then crushed the last two sets to win 7-3 and advance.
“I’m over the moon,” shared Ravish. “I’m new to competing in archery, so I came here planning on enjoying the experience, learning from my fellow teammates and the great USA coaching staff. This win is a huge blessing and I’m looking forward to the rest of the tournament. I had a lot of fun shooting the mixed team match with Mike Lukow today was Coach MJ [Rogers] has been behind me all week, which has been really helpful.”
The USA compound open women’s team qualified 46th, 47thand 48thyesterday with close scores. Martha Chavez and Teresa Wallace struggled in yesterday’s rounds – Chavez found her groove by the end of the day yesterday and jumped to the top of the pack. Wallace worked on the practice range to get sorted and came back strong for today’s matches. With an early lead over Hong Kong’s Yuen Lung Choi, Wallace held on and finished with the win 134-132.
“I’m feeling a lot better than I did yesterday,” shared Wallace. “I started focusing on the steps of the National Training System and making sure I’m doing things one step at a time, instead of thinking about everything at once. MJ helped me with my pinkie finger and Coach George Ryals helped me with my sight picture. So now my equipment feels good and I’m not so nervous.”
Earlier today, the W1 archers shot their qualification rounds, where USA’s Lia Coryell ranked 11th and Jason Tabansky was 28th for an 8th place mixed team seed.
The USA recurve and compound mixed teams also had their first match and both went out to tough competitors. The USA VI archers, Mark Schrand and Janice Walth both went out in tight first round upsets.
Competition resumes tomorrow with early individual matches for the recurve and compound open archers, team round matches through the semifinals. Complete results from the competition are available at www.worldarchery.org. The finals this weekend will be live at www.olympicchannel.com/live. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.< Back to All News