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Bow International Issue 138

Bow International is the world's only specialist target archery print magazine, and within each issue you'll find news and reviews, new gear, technique, advice and tips; plus exclusive interviews from the world's greatest archers.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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2 min.
ho ho ho

Hello! Welcome to Bow International, Issue 138! The last one of 2019. I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks off, before gearing back up for Issue 139, which should hit your doormat sometime just after the middle of January – just about the time you’ve broken all your resolutions. So what do we have for you this time around? Well, apart from our lovingly curated retrospective of the year, there is a deep dive into what smartphones might be doing to your concentration. You may have noticed this already, you may not: either way, it’s becoming an issue that less people are able to ignore. Bow also caught up with coach Songi Woo, freshly back in the UK after her adventures in the USA. Vanessa Lee has extended her adventures…

5 min.
bow news

NESPOLI WINS GONG Italy’s Mauro Nespoli was named the best male athlete of the Minsk 2019 European Games by the Association of National Olympic Committees during the annual award ceremony on 17 October in Doha, Qatar. Nespoli was recurve men’s champion at the continental multisport event, as well as taking mixed team gold and men’s team bronze. Italy also won a women's quota place in Minsk. “I’m extremely happy and I want to share this honour with the staff that has supported me,” he said to the Italian archery federation. Nespoli was fourth at this year's World Championships, and came second at the World Cup Final. He is also a two-time team medallist at the Olympic Games, on the Italian men's teams that took silver at Beijing 2008 and gold at London 2012. JVD…

3 min.
2019: asian championships

You thought the outdoor season was over? One tournament was left: the Asian Archery Championships. This and its corresponding para tournament, which wrapped up in October, were also qualifiers for Tokyo next year. With many of the best archery nations competing, this is one of the highest level outdoor annual tournaments in the world; four of the biggest: Korea, China, Chinese Taipei and Japan already had the full six Olympic spots, leaving a bunch of smaller nations scrapping for the handful of individual places on offer. After a topsy turvy year for the Korean national team, with some high profile losses at two of their 'majors' – the Asian Games and the World Championships – the stakes were high. Every year, the KAA choose eight men and eight women as the…

6 min.
2019 in archery

JANUARY As usual, first thing in January the whole of the archery world involved in trade decamped to Louisville, Kentucky, for the ATA, the world's largest annual archery trade fair. A very large proportion of it is dedicated to hunting, but Bow went along to tackle the target side and look at new products from manufacturers including Win & Win, Easton, AAE, Hoyt, Shibuya, Truball, Bohning, Beiter and many more. Win & Win showed off their dizzying new array of recurve limbs (they’ve added a couple more since then). Bow will be back there in January 2020 bringing you all the new gear. January also saw Nîmes, with the top Korean pros invading the recurve divisions and Lee Seungyun taking gold – in his first ever indoor tournament. Mike Schloesser somehow failed…

1 min.
what’s bow got in store for 2020?

It's looking like Bow might – just might – be able to go to the Tokyo Olympics. It is the biggest event of all in international archery, but it’s a very expensive undertaking. Whatever happens, we’ll be gradually building up to it throughout the year. We’re also looking at specific skills that archers need, and filling a few technical gaps between the beginners course and the elite level. We’re also going to be looking at equipment a lot more: as much as we can get our hands on. But as ever, Bow is your magazine. We welcome feature ideas: send them by email to the editor. Experts questions are always welcome too. Looking forward to 2020? We are.…

6 min.
fitness is it really that important?

Last month Bow received a question for the Ask The Experts section which said this: "We are often told that overall fitness is crucial to archery, yet I have to say I look at a lot of elite archers and they are obviously not athletically very fit. Which is it?" We decided to let Lucy O'Sullivan, archer and fitness trainer, answer it more fully. This is the age old question for archers, we are constantly told that we should be ‘fit’, and yet many get results at all kinds of apparent sizes. So what should we do? I don’t think it is ever fair to say that someone is fit and someone else isn’t fit – as a personal trainer I coach so many different kinds of “fitness”. I have people who…