Encouraging start for Brits at Porec World Cup event

May 5th, 2010
by Peter Jones
The listing was posted by Archery GB

Compound archer Nicky Hunt's fondness for the FITA World Cup has continued, as she took fourth place in qualifying for the first event of the year, in Porec. And Amy Oliver made an encouraging start too, in the women's recurve.

Nicky - who reached last year's Grand Final after qualifying in first place, but missed out on a medal - finished her qualifying round with 681 points, eight short of first placed Albina Loginova from Russia.

Nichola Simpson, a Grand Final silver medalist in 2008, qualified in 16th place, with Rikki Bingham in 35th. Combined, they are seeded fourth in the team tournament.

In the women's recurve, Amy made a great start, and sat in third place at the halfway stage of qualifying, before dropping off the pace and securing 11th with 633 points - 15 short of Poland's Justyna Mospinek, who went through in first. Charlotte Burgess and Naomi Folkard went through in 27th and 28th place respectively, and together the three British girls will be seeded 4th in the team event.

Simon Terry, who was runner-up in last year's World Cup Grand Final, started off this year's campaign by going through to the eliminations in 12th place, one above teammate Larry Godfrey.

Mark Nesbitt's World Cup debut saw him finish the qualifying round in a creditable 27th place, and he will join Larry and Simon in the team event, where the British trio will be the fifth seeds. Jonathan Shales, in his first World Cup event too, finished in 37th place.

Chris White was the highest placed British archer in the men's compound qualifying, going through in 19th, ten places above Liam Grimwood, with Duncan Busby in 53rd. They are seeded eighth for the team event.

In the mixed tournament, Amy and Simon will be seeded eighth in the recurve tournament, while Nicky and Chris are the sixth seed in the compound event.

This is the first of four World Cup qualfifying events for the FITA World Cup Grand Final, which takes place in Edinburgh in September.