Team Easton dominates European Indoor Championships in Rzeszow, Poland
The European Indoor Championships took place last weekend in Rzeszow. The most decorated athlete was the Dutch archer Rick VAN DER VEN, who won the recurve men individual and team gold medals with Easton arrows.
The European Championships took place from 26 February – 2 March in the city of Rzeszow, Poland. The competition featured senior and junior archers competing in the four international categories, in team and individual events.
Pierre-Julien DELOCHE (FRA) used his Easton X7s to score five perfect sets to defeat Martin DAMSBO (DEN) in the semifinal (6-4) and went on to shoot only 10s in the final against Peter ELZINGA (NED). Victory 6-2 (30-29, 30-30, 30-30, 30-29) for the Frenchman with all ten’s. The bronze medal went to Stephan HANSEN (DEN), impressive third qualifier who took out Sergio PAGNI (ITA) in the 1/8 elimination round and won the bronze medal against his teammate Martin DAMSBO 6-0.
ELZINGA accepted defeat individually, but took revenge in the team event – he led the Netherlands to the gold medal against France (237-233). Denmark finished third over Norway (234-232)
The Dutchman Rick VAN DER VEN, 4th at the Olympic Games, used his Easton X10s to defeat Jean-Charles VALLADONT (FRA) using X7s, leader from qualifications and winner of the Singapore Indoor World Cup, in a close gold medal match (6-4). Sjef VAN DEN BERG (NED) won the bronze, all represented by Team Easton.
Rick VAN DER VEN led the Netherlands to the team gold medal, ahead of Russia (234-231) and Italy. In doing so, Rick VAN DER VEN currently holds all the European titles – outdoor and indoor individual and team champion!
Nathalia Erdynieva has been absent from international competition last year. With some solid shooting during eliminations she showed everyone she is still a force to be reckoned with. Her opponent was none other then reigning World indoor champion Natalia VALEEVA (ITA). Both Natalia’s shoot Easton X10s.
The No. 1 seeded Natalia ERDYNIEVA (RUS) won the gold medal over the multiple world indoor champion Natalia VALEEVA (ITA), whom she defeated in the final match 7-3 (30-30, 30-27, 27-28, 30-29, 29-26). Claudia MANDIA (ITA) took the bronze medal.
Ukraine, with the help of No. 2 seed Lidiia SICHENIKOVA and the the 2008 Olympian Viktoriya KOVAL, making her competitive comeback in Rzeszow after starting a family in 2012, won the team title in a very tight match. After a tie at 226-226, both teams scored a perfect 30 in the shoot-off, but Ukraine’s better arrow gave them the gold. Italy finished second, and Russia defeated the host country 225-224 for third place.
Across all categories and divisions, Ukraine won the highest number of gold medals – five. The nation with the most medals of any color was Italy with 8 medals.
Compound champion Deloche showing true sportsmanship with Silver medallist; Peter Elzinga