World Cup Finals - Easton Takes it All
The 32 best archers in the world gathered for the 2011 Archery World Cup Final.
The 2011 World Cup Finals were held on the beautiful, but windy shores of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, and once again Easton shooters displayed their dominance, as every arrow shot in each of the medal matches was an Easton.
The compound men's competition was dominated by Rodger Willett Jr. (USA). Willet had an amazing season winning three world cup stages, the Longines prize for precision and to top it all off he took the overall victory at the World Cup finals shooting Easton ProTour. Reo Wilde (USA) took second place and two time World Cup Finals winner Sergio Pagni (ITA) finished in the third spot.
On the women's side, Erika Anschutz (USA) took the overall win and her teammate Christie Colin second, Marcella Tonioli (ITA) took the bronze. Erika also won the Longines prize for precision shooting the most tens throughout the season.
The USA team of Rodger Willett Jr. and Christie Colin won the compound mixed team finals while their Turkish opponents Ali Davarci and Gizem Kocaman won silver.
In the recurve women category, Easton archer Cheng Ming of China took the top honors while Deepika Kumari (IND) won the silver. Berengere Schuh of France took the bronze medal to close out her season after a rocky start due to a shoulder injury.
"...I was disappointed with my result at the Shanghai stage at the beginning of September, so I was even more eager to go to Istanbul and win the World Cup Final. It was important for me. I really focus very hard on my training since Shanghai and it paid off!" - Cheng Ming (CHN) - gold medalist
Brady Ellison (USA) dominated the 2011 World Cup season in the recurve men by winning three of the four stages leading up to these finals. Brady soared through his matches not letting the wind or his opponents catch him. In the World Cup Finals gold medal match, Ellison used his X10's to beat out Dai Xiaoxiang from China. Dmytro Hrachov (UKR) who won the European grandprix in BoĆ© (FRA) and the second place in Ogden (USA) finished his great season with a bronze medal at the finals.
"I am getting more experienced and it helps... I hope to keep this year going into next year. The Olympic Games are so important. Anyway I will keep training the same way and push myself to the little details. Although I am winning tournaments, I still think I can shoot better." - Brady Ellison (USA) - gold medalist
Recurve Mixed Team
Oh Jin Hyek of Korea and his teammate Jung Dasomi took the gold in the recurve mixed division shooting Easton X10's. Easton shooters Natalia Nasaridze and Yagiz Yilmaz of Turkey took the silver.
Longines Prize for Precision
As the athletes who shot the most 10's during the entire 2011 World Cup season, Easton shooters Rodger WILLETT JR (USA) - who shot 424 tens, and Erika ANSCHUTZ (USA) - who shot 304 tens, won the Longines Prize for Precision.
Easton congratulates all shooters with their outstanding performances this season and wishes them luck for the upcoming indoor season.
For results of all matches please visit www.worldarchery.org