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Bow International Issue 140

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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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
tougher than the rest

The news that the Archery Association of India has been finally let back into the fold of international competition, five months before the the Olympics is of course good. The governing body of the Commonwealth's largest country had been riven by infighting and factions which had led to the absurd situation of two separate bodies declaring themselves the rightful governors of the sport, with the various bodies of actual government siding with one or the other. I understand this is not untypical of Indian Olympic sport in general, which has a habit of placing absurdly high expectations on athletes without giving them the support – and often, the equipment – to train to the highest level. (Watch the 'Ladies First' documentary on Netflix about Deepika Kumari for more on this.) But…

1 min.
bow news

ELLISON MAKES HISTORY WITH A 900 At the 54th annual Vegas Shoot, American archer Brady Ellison shot the first 900 score by a recurve archer in the history of the event. The Vegas Shoot requires archers to shoot thirty arrows a day for three consecutive days, with a maximum total score of 900, a score only ever previously achieved by compound archers. This year, 22 compound men and one woman of the 3,800+ competitors shot 900, to be joined by Ellison shooting the same score with a recurve bow “I wasn’t really expecting to shoot a 900 this weekend, but I wanted to shoot one. I wanted to shoot one 300 here in Vegas. And then I shot the first one and I was like, you know I’m shooting good let’s just…

1 min.
indian suspension lifted

The ongoing suspension of the the Archery Association of India was conditionally lifted by World Archery following new elections in New Delhi on 18 January. Indian athletes had been banned from international competition for five months, but had competed under neutral flags in competitions such as the Asian Championships, in order that they could still try to gain Olympic places. It was the culmination of a lengthy and convoluted issue over governance of the sport in India, where the national governing body had split into two factions. The membership was suspended in August 2019. The new federation, led by union minister Arjun Munda, is required to solve several governance issues before the suspension is fully lifted, with progress report required every three months. World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said: “We hope this…

1 min.
universiade rebranded

The Universiade is a biennial multisport event for students in full-time education. FISU, the international federation for university sports, has announced that it will drop the name ‘Universiade’ in favour of World University Games from 2020, along with some new branding. The first Universiade was held in 1959, and the most recent edition in Napoli in 2019 attracted 6000 student athletes across 15 sports. Archery has been part of the competition since 2003 and became a core sport in 2017, with both recurve and compound contested. Lee Woo Seok, Kang Chae Young, Anton Bulaev and Andrea Becerra are archery’s reigning champions. Former winners include Olympic gold medallists Viktor Ruban, Ki Bo Bae, and Park Sung Hyun. The next edition will be held in Chengdu, China, in 2021.…

1 min.
athletes of the year named

World Archery named its athletes of the year for 2019 in a ceremony at the Vegas Shoot in February. Brady Ellison, Kang Chae Young, Mike Schloesser and Sara Lopez were named the best archers in recurve and compound. Schloesser and Lopez retained their titles – it is the third such award for Schloesser and a fifth consecutive trophy for Lopez. Ruman Shana (Bangladesh) and his coach Martin Frederick were chosen as breakthrough athlete and coach of 2019, following the 24-year-old’s historic bronze medal at the World Championships, with the podium finish qualifying Bangladesh’s first spot to an Olympic Games. The para trophies were won by the compound open gold medallists from the 2019 World Archery Para Championships, Ben Thompson (USA) and Alim Nur Syahidah (Singapore). There was also a Judge Of The…

1 min.
lancaster classic concludes

The Lancaster Archery Classic, the largest tournament not part of the Indoor World Series concluded in Mannheim, USA at the end of January, with around 2000 archers competing. Lancaster has very different rules from most other sanctioned indoor tournaments, with a 60-arrow qualification on a three spot target face and the small 10-ring (2cm), normally used by compounds, scoring 11 and the larger 4cm 10-ring scoring 10 for all bowstyles. Thus, the maximum score is 660 points. The finals feature a winner-stays-on style shootdown in which participants are often asked to give commentary after each end. Mike Schloesser, Sarah Prieels, Brady Ellison, Casey Kaufhold and Keith Trail won the professional classes. In a curious coincidence, all five were runners-up last year. Brady Ellison won back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 before losing the final…