14th European Indoor Tournament in Nîmes, France
European Indoor Tournament or Archery World Cup Indoor Challenge, however you may call it: The annual tournament in Nîmes is one of the biggest indoor archery events in the world. Every year in January the French City becomes the capital of high-level archery of the world.
Over 1000 archers competed in Nîmes last weekend. Among them, 30 former and current world champions and eight Olympic medalist. Looking at this numbers it’s not surprising some excellent results have been achieved in the qualification as well as in the final rounds. 595 out of 600 Points – 3 archers were able to deliver this dream of a score: Sergio Pagni (ITA), Braden Gellenthien (USA) both in the men’s compound division and Brady Ellison (USA) with his recurve bow. The latter goes on with the extremely good performance he showed throughout the last year and really starts to seem invincible. Ellison shot four perfect matches in a row, counting the 1/16, 1/8, quarter and the half final together makes the incredible amount of 42 tens in a row – not one single shot in the nine. Even though he was caught shooting some nines in the gold final match, he eventually won the tournament in the men’s recurve division and is now headed for winning the Archery World Cup Indoor Challenge for the second time.
As usual, the winners in the other categories have been well known names, too. As there is: Hyo Jin Lee from South Korea (women’s recurve), World Ranked Number 1 Braden Gellenthien (USA, men’s compound) and Joanna Chesse (FRA) in the women’s compound division.
The Archery World Cup Indoor Challenge will continue with the NFAA World Archery Festival in Las Vegas (USA) in February, until then you can check the Pictures of the tournament in Nîmes made by Jean-Denis Gitton or watch the Video produced by Archery TV on archeryimages: