On the eve of Antalya, with archers starting to fly into Turkey, it’s time for a roundup of May’s news.
An incredibly busy international outdoor season started *properly* – read a very extended preview here. Shanghai brought chaos to the table, with big names falling and the Korean recurve machine in some disarray. Watch the individual finals again here. Steve Wijler, the Dutch rookie on his first international outing, triumphed.
The first full interview with Chang Hyejin in English after Rio finally appeared, with thanks to several people. (There’s one with Kang Chae Young going to appear on Dutch Target at some point soon). PJ Deloche came back from the wilderness to return to the big stage in Shanghai – and what a wilderness it was. Read his story here. See Dean’s pics here from China here.
NBC are going to start broadcasting World Cup events in the USA. Whee!
The USA announced their team for the World Championships later this year, with a couple of less well-known faces making the cut, although it will be Brady Ellison’s sixth Worlds. Para-archery superstar Matt Stutzman, who had stated an intention to mix it with the regular first team in Rio last year, placed fifth in men’s compound. In the USA, Songi Woo joined the staff to coach the women’s recurve team, having previously coached for Great Britain for several years.
Turkey had a good week on home turf in Istanbul at the Conquest Cup. Sjef Van Den Berg put up some cool pics from the Netherlands’ Archery Attack. I wrote a whole load of stuff about archery and photography.
There was also this cool video about archer’s paradox. You can watch this rather good BBC doc about John Stubbs. Chang Hyejin showed us all how to do social media. Mauro Nespoli broke the Italian recurve ranking round record. Oh, and a comp for schoolkids in Kentucky drew nearly 14,000 archers. Is that some sort of record?
You should also watch this video about an autistic archery superfan, made by the Olympic Channel.
All that, and this idiot who forgot to tie down an archery target too.
OK! Thats enough for now. See you in Antalya!. 🙂