The second of the three competition days of the World Archery Masters Championships has come to an end, after some impressing performance from the archers registered to the event.
The participants shooting on this second day of the World Archery Masters Championships had impressing results. However, Frenchman Eric Libert was the highlight of the day, breaking the Indoor Masters World record at 25m and becoming World champion for the second time of the event after winning the gold medal on the first day in the Outdoor competition.
While all the Barebow, Longbow and Instinctive bow divisions were shooting the Field event in Montheron, the men and women Compound 50+, 60+ and 70+ categories took part in the Outdoor competition in Vidy. The World champion title was given to Julia Oleksejenko from Latvia, in the 50+ women division, and Luc Verdeyen from Belgium, in the 50+ men division, who had already been crowned Field Masters World champion on the first competition day.
The other bow divisions: Compound 40+ men and women as well as the Recurve categories, were also competing that day in the World Archery Excellence Centre. Two more World champion titles were awarded here in the Recurve 50+ women category shooting their Outdoor event and the Recurve 50+ men category taking part in the Indoor.
At the end of the Outdoor matches, Laura Bennett Shelton from the USA became World champion for the second time in a row after getting the Indoor gold medal on the first competition day, while Eric Libert from France also won another title by getting the first ranking of the Indoor competition.
But the World champion titles are not the most impressive part of Eric Libert’s shooting at the World Archery Masters Championships: during this second competition day, he also managed to get his second gold medal of the event by breaking the Masters World record at 25m, shooting 584/600 and adding two points to the previous Masters World record set by Vladas Sigauskas from Lithuania in 2017.
Alexandre Pichat, a coach who’s been advising Eric Libert for some time and came to support him during the event, was very happy with this performance: “A World record and a title, that’s something! We met during a competition, and I started giving him some advice that he followed. He’s been training autonomously his whole life, but we have a good relationship and we both learn from each other. Now we’re looking forward to the Field competition on Saturday as it is the kind of competition he’s quite fond of, and he has the will and potential to win a third medal.”
To see the detailed results and rankings of the second competition day, please go to the Ianseo website following the links on the page of the event.
To take a look at the pictures taken during that day, you can go to this page.