The recurve section of the 43rd edition of the Challenge de Lausanne took place on Sunday 1st of July at the SporToto shooting field of the World Archery Excellence Centre.
This event was organized by the Compagnie des Archers de Lausanne, the local archery club. The first part of the competition which was held at the Vidy archery field on Saturday, was dedicated to barebow, bowhunter and compound divisions. The competition was also used as a test event for the World Archery Masters Championships, as the same venues will be used in August.
Just like the second stage of the World Archery Hyundai Outdoor Challenge that took place two weeks ago at the Excellence Centre, the recurve event was held in two parts: there was a qualification round during the morning, followed by matches for the categories with the highest numbers of archers in the afternoon.
A very large range of age categories were represented, going from one person in the piccolo category to many masters archers. Among them was Michèle Schmid, who won the silver medal in the recurve women masters category: “The competition went really well. I got a result I wasn’t expecting as I was thinking I would make less points. I like being on the shooting line, it’s calm and we can be focused and relaxed at the same time. I also liked the music during the shooting. I was worried it would be disturbing, but actually it was very nice.”
This competition was good preparation for the Masters Championships, which she will be taking part in this summer: “Training without a goal can be hard. I did the competition today to check my level before the Masters Championships, and I hope my shooting will go as well as it did today.”
This event served as a dry run for some masters archers such as Michèle, and also as preparation for other international competitions, as was the case for Md Ruman Shana, from Bangladesh. He is the third Olympic Solidarity archer to arrive at the World Archery Excellence Centre, joining Areneo David from Malawi and Mahmoud Elkhalifa from Sudan: “I came here thanks to the funding of the Olympic Solidarity to develop my shooting and learn new techniques. My goal is to qualify for the Olympic Games, and to go there and get good results; the Excellence Centre is giving me a chance to achieve that with its very high level, and the help of coach Kyeong Su Jeoung, the director of the Excellence Centre Juan Carlos Holgado, and the other Olympic Solidarity archers.”
The 43rd Challenge de Lausanne was the first event he has competed in since arriving in Switzerland. “This was my first competition here and it was really good, I’m happy with how it went. I shot my first match ranked first of the qualification rounds, so it gave me confidence to win the gold medal.”