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Bow International Issue 134

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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on top of the world

Hello, and welcome to Bow International 134, where we’ve just returned from the Hyundai Archery World Championships, the biggest and most spectacular ever held, in the small-but-mighty cathedral town of ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Held every two years, every other Worlds has a special feature, the single terrifying team qualifying match that decides a large majority of the Olympic places available for the following year. The immense news for UK archers is that Great Britain won both their matches, which means that GBR qualified a full six spots for Tokyo 2020, first time out. This is an astonishing achievement, with GBR the only non-Asian nation to do so. The World Championships qualifying match is so vital for nations that it literally changes the course of careers and the destinies of national…

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bow international

Editorial Editor: John Stanley Art Team: Stephen Williams, Steve Mumby & Philip Martin Contributors Hannah Brown, John Stanley, Andrew Smith, Ethan Lowry, Alex Tyler, Roy Rose, Duncan Busby Cover image Dean Alberga Technical Consulting Chris Wells Photography All copyrights and trademarks are recognised and respected Advertising Media packs are available on request Regional Advertising Director Mark Wright mark.wright@futurenet.com Advertising Manager Kirsty Reeves kirsty.reeves@futurenet.com Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Manager Nola Cokely Management Chief Operations Officer Aaron Asadi Commercial Finance Director Dan Jotcham Managing Director Alastair Lewis Group Content Director Paul Newman Group Editor-in-chief Peter Carr Head of Art & Design Greg Whitaker…

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bow news

GBR WIN SIX SPOTS FOR TOKYO 2020 AS OLYMPIC PLACES AWARDED The majority of places for Olympic competition at Tokyo 2020 were handed out at the World Championships in Den Bosch, Netherlands. (see box on the right). For Great Britain's men's team of Tom Hall, Patrick Huston and Alex Wise, they managed to qualify in eighth place, earning a bye into the last 16 and a showdown with Japan, which they won in straight sets. Tom told World Archery: “I’ve never shot a match like that in my life. The noise was unreal and everything about the atmosphere was supercharged." “You don’t feel the competition when you’re there… this is everything you’ve trained for. I think the fact that it’s the biggest event that you’ve been preparing for gives you the energy and gives…

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2019 world championships

The 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands was by some distance the biggest major international archery tournament ever held. The total runners were 590 from 88 countries – 200 recurve men, 153 recurve women, 139 compound men and 98 compound women – and it also served as the main Olympic qualifier for teams and a handful of individuals. (It was preceded by the Para Championships, held in the same spot. We decided to give that its own space, so Bow will have a full report about that in the next issue.) For many nations and squads, the Olympic places was the real driver for attendance. In recurve archery, gaining an spot and then competing for your country remains the reference point for the rest of the world – and…

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winners world champs: & losers

BANGLADESH Ruman Shana shot out of his skin, gaining his country's first ever archery Olympic qualifying spot and beating none other than Kim Woojin in open competition. He then took it all the way to a bronze medal, shooting superbly and nervelessly on the big stage. The man-of-the-match award, without question, and a triumph for his coach Martin Frederick. INDIA The men's team, anyway. In the face of chaotic administration and suspension of their national governing body, the men's team punched far above their weight with aggression and power and confidence to qualify three spots and make the finals stage. GREAT BRITAIN Pulled off some giant-killing feats with strong teamwork and confidence, and thoroughly deserved their six spots. CHAD Marlyse Hourtou, one of a small stable of African recurve archers training in Europe at the World Archery…

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great britain

GBR recurves had a triumphant meet, becoming the only non-Asian team behind the dominating trio of Korea, China and Chinese Taipei to qualify six full spots for the Tokyo Olympics. The women's team then ran their luck and skill all the way to the bronze medal match, where they upset a ragged China to edge out a win. It was a fairytale run for Richard Priestman's teams, who had worked extremely hard to get to this point – but so had a lot of other squads on the packed field at the Dukes. A crucial factor was the high qualification for both teams, which allowed them to escape a dangerous extra match on the Tuesday. This enabled everyone to go in fresh against teams in lesser form, and likely made the…