At the first stage of the 2023 Hyundai World Cup in Antalya, GB compound woman Ella Gibson makes the top four.
Through a blustery set of individual eliminations, Ella earns her place in Saturday’s live semi-finals. At this event last year, the world number one came home with the gold medal, and this time around she has the same hopes.
Ella said: “I’m planning on taking the same approach as I did last year, which is actually not plan on winning or getting gold, but focusing on the present moment, shooting one arrow at time and trying to stay to my level.”
Ella stormed ahead in her first match, beating Croatia’s Amanda Mlinaric 146-137, and she then shot a 145 to win the 1/16. A 143 to Sofia Paiz’s 141 took the Brit through to the all important quarter finals. Ella and her next opponent, fellow 2022 World Cup Finalist Andrea Becerra, put on a close match. The pair were drawn leading into the fifth end, but Ella managed to take the lead with a 146 to the Mexican’s 145.
“The most important thing for me is shooting how I know I can, and whether I win or lose I know I’ll walk away proud,” Ella told us.
The live semi-finals will be shot on the finals field on Saturday. To follow along with the shooting and watch from home, keep an eye out on World Archery’s platforms for the links.
This morning, the recurve mixed team comprising of Bryony Pitman and Monty Orton will shoot their mixed team matches. The pair ranked in 9th place and will shoot first against the 24th ranked team from Austria. The recurve archers will also have their individual eliminations this afternoon.
All of the scores can be found here.