Ella Gibson takes the top spot at the Paris World Cup
At the final stage of the 2023 Hyundai World Cup, Ella wins the gold medal in the compound women's category. Her place in the Finals next month was already official, but this win has secured her place and confidence going ahead.
In the live semi-finals, Ella faced India’s world number 3 Jyothi Surekah Vennam. At the first stage of the World Cups this year in Antalya, Vennam defeated Ella in the semi-finals, so this time around Ella came back with a strong determination. For the first time in her career, Ella shot a perfect 150 on a finals stage, taking the win from Vennam who shot a respectable 148.
The gold match saw Ella face Denmark’s world ranked number 5 Tanja Gellenthien. After end 2, Ella was down by one point, 59-58. In the third end, she brought the scores back all square at 88 points apiece. The two women stayed tied all the way through to the fifth end, both finishing on 145 points. This meant that the gold medal came down to one last shoot-off arrow. Ella shot first, securing an X, and Tanja followed with a slightly wider 10.
Ella said: “I think the level of the women’s competition at the moment means that there isn’t an easy route into the Finals anymore, so every route was tricky in its own right. I had to shoot against multiple people who have beaten me this year. So, I said that it was like a day of my demons of the year to defeat, and I’m really happy I managed to do that to be able to get the win.
“After some rest I’m going to prep for the National Tour Final, and do as much as I can for that. I think in prepping for that I’ll also be prepping for the World Cup Final.”