Ellis, Beaumont Place 13th At World Field Championships In Italy
Archery Canada – OTTAWA (Archery Canada) – Austin Ellis of Parrsboro, N.S., and Jessica Beaumont of Neuville, Que., had the best Canadian results with 13th-place finishes at the 2018 World Archery Field Championships which concluded on Sunday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
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Championship Website: Cortina 2018
Official Results: Cortina 2018 Results
Ellis, 19, and Beaumont, 20, were competing in men’s and women’s junior compound, respectively, while Canada was also represented in the 1956 Winter Olympics host city by Cory Smandych of Calgary, Brendan von Richter of Port Moody, B.C., and Calgary’s Mark Nasi, all in the men’s compound tournament.
In his first event as a member of the national team, Ellis advanced to the elimination stage as the 13th seed thanks to a 769 qualification score. After earning a bye in the first ranking round, he defeated 16th-seeded Luis Fernando Vives Ledezma of Mexico 98-94, before falling to Ireland’s eighth seed Daniel Foley, by 94-96, in the third round.
Timo Bega of Luxembourg went on to win gold, ahead of Connor Sears of the United States and Jesse Sut of host Italy.
Beaumont, returning to the world championships after finishing ninth in 2016, also advanced as the 13th seed after shooting 698 in qualification. In her only elimination match, in the third round, she dropped an 88-93 decision to eighth-seeded Cassidy Cox of the United States, who eventually captured silver.
Rounding out the women’s junior compound podium were champion Sara Ret of Italy and bronze medallist Savannah Vanderwier of the USA.
In men’s compound, none of the three Canucks were able to make it past the qualification stage in a field of 46 participants. Smandych finished 25th after shooting 792, while von Richter (773) and Nasi (699) ended up in 35th and 44th position, respectively.
Mike Schloesser of the Netherlands won the competition, with Nico Wiener of Austria and Steve Anderson of the USA taking silver and bronze.
“I am very happy with the team’s results. They have gained more international experience and did well with the new format,” said Sean McKenty, Archery Canada’s Compound Target and Field Coordinator. “I look forward to seeing them on the future World Field teams.”
“I am so proud of how professionally Team Canada represented the country both on and off the field,” added Team Manager Shelley Wong, who accompanied the Canadian contingent in Italy. “The experience of international competition will inspire their commitment to excellence.”
The 2020 World Archery Field Championships will be held in Yankton, South Dakota.
CANADIAN RESULTS: 2018 WORLD ARCHERY FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
25. Cory Smandych (25th in qualification – 792 / did not advance to elimination stage)
35. Brendan von Richter (35th in qualification – 773 / did not advance to elimination stage)
44. Mark Nasi (44th in qualification – 699 / did not advance to elimination stage)
Compound Junior Men
13. Austin Ellis (13th in qualification – 769)
First Ranking Round: Bye
Second Ranking Round: 98-94 vs. Luis Fernando Vives Ledezma, Mexico (16th)
Third Ranking Round: 94-96 vs. Daniel Foley, Ireland (8th)
Compound Junior Women
13. Jessica Beaumont (13th in qualification – 698)
First Ranking Round: Bye
Second Ranking Round: Bye
Third Ranking Round: 88-93 vs. Cassidy Cox, USA (8th)
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