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Thursday 31st


Gunnebo Castle and Gardens
10.00 - 13.00? Individual elemination round 1. 12 targets
14.00 - 17.00? Individual elemination round 2. 12 targets
                      (12 marked distances)

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Today on the program the first elimination round, as well as the second elimination round. That is quite unusual, since most championships we have been to, we saw one elimination round per day. Not here. The organization has rebuilt three courses, so all divisions could start simultaneously at three places and that sure sped up the process. To have both elimination rounds being shot in one day cuts down the selection from 16 in each division to 4 archers quite quickly. That is nice, but I truly hate the second elimination round. It is quite nasty to see good archers failing the finals, especially by shoot offs.

After the day was finished we were surprised to see Erik Jonsson not making the finals. We spoke with him before the tournament and he told he did not have a very good preparation for the tournament. He had an accident and strained his wrist. He could not shoot for almost two months. So, maybe the preparation was not the best ever, and it sure shattered a dream. Erik would like to make it to the Olympics one day, so this would be his last field tournament shooting barebow. After the tournament he will be making the switch to recurve. Finishing a decade of near supremacy in this division with gaining the World Champion title in the home country would be the ultimate closure. No such luck. Anne Viljanen was very disappointed not making the last four in the woman division shooting barebow. She shot a great second qualification day, a good first elimination, but during the second elimination day, it just did not happen.

It would take to long to go into all the personal tragedies, like Dudley eliminating Clint Freeman in the shoot off. Ingrid Olofsson struggling with the wind in a shoot off. Niels Baldur not having his head straight. Alvise Bertolini with an 'off hour'. Matija ┼Żlender very mad at everything including himself. Karl-Heinz Clauter that could not get the right feeling. It is all pain, tragedy and misery. Now you understand why I hate the second elimination round? There are four smiling people in every division, but it does not really make up for the loss...




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