First champions crowned in Las Vegas

Credit: World Archery

First champions crowned in Las Vegas

The Indoor World Series inaugural season stopped in Luxembourg, China, Italy, France and USA for five stages and a grand finale.
Sim Yeji, Steve Wijler, Viktoria Balzhanova and Kris Schaff won the individual titles at the 2019 Indoor Archery World Series Finals, held on Saturday 10 February 2019 in the evening after the second day of The Vegas Shoot, fifth and final stage of the season's indoor circuit.

World Archery’s rebranded open-entry indoor circuit began on 23-25 November 2018 in Strassen, Luxembourg when the GT Open holds the first Indoor Archery World Series 250 competition with over 300 archery taking part.

Fourteen-year-old Casey Kaufhold converted her cadet world record - her 589 out of a possible 600 points beat the previous mark, set by Italy’s Tatiana Andreoli in early 2016, by a point - and top-seeded qualifying round into the recurve women’s individual title.

Domagoj Buden won the compound men’s competition, while the world’s number two-ranked recurve man, Steve Wijler, and Toja Ellison were the other two winners at the GT Open.

The first weekend of December, the Macau Indoor Archery Open counted as the second leg of the 2019 Indoor Archery World Series. Mike Schloesser, Alexis Ruiz, Oh Jin Hyek and Jeon Hunyoung won gold medals and secured the maximum available 250 ranking points towards qualification for the circuit final.

It was the first international indoor tournament to take place in China.

Ryoo Su Jung of the Korean professional team Hyundai Department Store set a new recurve women’s world record for the 60-arrow 18-metre ranking round, shooting 595 out of a possible 600 points. It beat the previous record of 594, shot by Park Sehui in Nimes in 2016, by one.

Two weeks later at the 2018 Roma Archery Trophy, third event of the Indoor Series, Canadian Olympian Crispin Duenas shot nine perfect arrows to beat three-time Olympic medallist Brady Ellison to the recurve men’s title.

Kim Surin, Alexis Ruiz and Braden Gellenthien also won individual titles in Rome.

Faith Miller scored 594 out of a possible 600 points for the 60-arrow 18-metre ranking round to beat the compound junior women’s world record by a point in Rome. The previous record of 593 points had stood for 12 years after being set by Erika Jones in 2006.

Miller finished top of the compound junior women’s event, while Kalle Numminen, Olha Shubkina and Matteo Canovai also won junior titles.

Nimes in France, the fourth event of this inaugural Indoor World Series, came after the New Year, offering 1000 points to stage winners, before the annual traditional grand finale to the indoor season in Las Vegas.

Janine Meissner, Braden Gellenthien, Kang Chae Young and Lee Seungyun took the individual titles. Meissner shot the best final of the event, scoring 149-points for the 15-arrow 18-metre match in a win over So Chaewon.

Alberto Simonelli’s qualification at the 2019 Nimes Archery Tournament was ratified as a new para archery world record after he shot 594 out of a possible 600 points for the 60-arrow 18-metre ranking round. He had held the record at 590 points since February 2018.

A world record was shot at all four stages of the 2019 Indoor Archery World Series at that stage.

The inaugural Indoor Archery World Series finished on 8-10 February in Las Vegas. Celebrating its 53rd year, the Vegas Shoot set yet another record for attendance in 2019 by attracting over 3750 registrations for the first time in its history.

The end of the second day at the Vegas Shoot marked the end of the fifth stage of the Indoor Archery World Series.

Archers in the top 16 of the series’ elite ranking after the stage, who have also attended at least three of the tour’s events, were invited to compete in the Indoor Archery World Series Finals that took place during the evening in Vegas.

“It is amazing. My shooting lately has been a bit rough and it’s great to be back on the podium again,” said Steve Wijler, who came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Brady Ellison in a shoot-off for the recurve men’s title.

The recurve women’s final was the most impressive of all the gold medal matches. Both Sim Yeji and Kang Chae Young dropped their third arrows into the nine – and those were the only shots out of the 10 in the regulation five sets.

Sim shot first and shot a 10. Outdoor world record holder Kang sunk a low nine and Sim won the match.

Viktoria Balzhanova beat Sarah Prieels, 146 to 144 points, in the compound women’s final and Kris Schaff dropped just a single point in his compound men’s victory over Stephan Hansen, 149-146.

Schaff added the indoor circuit crown to the Hyundai Archery World Cup Champion title he won in Samsun at the end of 2018.

The 2019 Indoor Archery World Series consisted of stages in Strassen, Luxembourg; Macau, China; Rome, Italy; Nimes, France and Las Vegas, USA.