ITALY WINS SIX INDIVIDUAL JUNIOR MEDALS AT HOME WORLD ARCHERY FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Italian junior barebow archers Eric Esposito, David Bianchi and Natalia Trunfio; recurve junior woman Aiko Rolando and compounders Sara Ret and Jesse Sut all won individual medals at the 2018 World Archery Field Championships in Cortina, Italy.
The barebow junior men’s gold medal match between Esposito and Bianchi went to a single-arrow shoot-off after the two were tied at 41 points after the four targets.
“It was difficult but we gave everything we could,” said Bianchi. “I still need to work on how to handle the stress because in this case, it’s important to keep the guard high.”
Bianchi took an early lead of eight points after the first target, 16-8. Esposito then reduced his deficit to five after the second target, 26-21, and then to only three points after the third, 38-35.
Esposito opened the fourth and last target with a four and followed with a miss; Bianchi with a two and a one. Esposito landed his last arrow in the two. Bianchi, needing one point to win, missed the target and sent the match to a shoot-off.
“We had the same opportunity to win and getting into a shoot-off at a world championships is challenging,” said Eric, who scored a four to David’s three on the 45-metre uphill tiebreak target to take the match.
“The last arrow was for sure the most difficult one because we are both at the same level.”