The first edition of the Hyundai Outdoor Matchplay Classic, a new competition dedicated to matches, was organised at the World Archery Excellence Centre on July 6.

On this occasion, 33 participants joined the competition on the Sportoto outdoor field. After some delay due to the weather conditions, the event could start with a short qualification round. Following the qualifications, participants were then sorted into groups for the matches depending on their shooting distance and qualifications results.

The archers from each group faced each other in a round-robin format, allowing every participant to get the opportunity to shoot in a match against every other archer of their group. The best archer from every group then went on to shoot for finals matches.

Among the participants, Elizabeth Wagner, who was shooting in the recurve women cadet category, told us about her impressions on the competition: “As a recurve archer, I took the opportunity to take part in this event as this is a good chance to do something different than qualifications. Even if I didn’t reach my objective of shooting more than 300 points in qualifications, I am happy I got a silver medal, and I am now looking forward to the next competition I will take part in and the Swiss Championships, in which I hope I will reclaim the title of Swiss champion I got last year.”

Miguel Piffaré, a Spanish archer who recently moved to Switzerland to train at the World Archery Excellence Centre, also shared his insight on this first event in which he took part and won the recurve men gold medal, as well as the training he started here: “I came to Switzerland after 7 years of preparation in Madrid as part of the national team. I didn’t expect to compete here this soon, but I think every competition gives us a chance to improve, and I quickly set my goals for this event, which were to work on my form and shoot with confidence. This is what I focused on during the competition, and I think I achieved it for most of the arrows I shot in this event. Now, my main objective remains the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, but I am also preparing for smaller objectives such as intermediate competitions and the national selections in Spain. I have to work a lot before so that when the time comes, I can just do everything I learnt, concentrate and enjoy the competition.”

Results of the qualification round can be found following this link.

The pictures taken during the competition can be found on our website’s photo gallery.

The next competition taking place at the World Archery Excellence Centre will be the second stage of the Hyundai WAEC Outdoor Challenge on July 27.