Best in Limerick? Under-18s amaze at world youth championships

Jonas Grigaravicius silver medallist in the compound under-18 men’s event.

The Limerick 2023 World Archery Youth Championships saw the emergence of new talented nations on the world stage.

Archers from Korea, India and USA are generally expected to do well and often cited among the favourites regardless of the age groups. This was confirmed by victories of Oh YejinParth Sushant SalunkhePriyansh and Sydney Sullenberger in the under-21 individual competitions.

But other nations revealed themselves in Ireland, as did Lithuania and Israel with a first-ever medal silver courtesy Jonas Grigaravicius in the compound under-18 men's individual event and the pair Shamai Yamrom and Romi Maymon in compound under-21 mixed team.

With yet another historic first by a 15-year-old, and two under-18 teenagers confirming hopes placed in them on the senior circuit...

Aditi Swami compound under-18 women World Champion 2023.

3. Aditi Swami, India

The 17-year-old became a two-time Youth World Champion in Limerick, following in the footsteps of her nomination as one of three next-gen most impressive archers from the latest Hyundai Archery World Cup stage in Medellin.

After qualifying third in Ireland, she won the under-18 compound women’s individual gold as well as the team title alongside 14-year-old Ekta Rani and 15-year-old Aishwarya Sharma.

In her debut season, Swami had already topped compound women’s senior qualifying in Colombia in June raising the under-18 world record to 711 points in the process before collecting bronze with the Indian women’s team.

What else does the Indian teenager have up her sleeve?

Baptiste Addis recurve under-18 men’s team World Champion and individual bronze medallist 2023.

2. Baptiste Addis, France

The 16-year-old proved the most convincing recurve under-18 qualifier over 72 arrows in difficult weather conditions cold and rain – with top seeds in the three events: individual, mixed team and men’s team.

While his run alongside Maia Tincu ended in quarterfinals against Italy, Addis led the French team to the world title against Korea’s powerhouse, before adding a second world medal with individual bronze in the finals arena on Sunday.

Outstanding performances that bode well for his first senior world championships in Berlin in less than a month’s time, for which the young Frenchman has been named alongside under-21 Nicolas Bernardi and veteran Jean-Charles Valladont, 34.

Roman Sergejevs recurve under-18 men’s World Champion 2023.

1. Romans Sergejevs, Latvia

Born in October 2006, he started archery when he was six and made its international debut in 2019 at only 13.

Competing in his third under-18 world youth championships at only 16 after Madrid 2019 and Wroclaw 2021, Sergejevs was ranked 29th after the 72 qualifying arrows in Limerick.

He first upset the top seed Baptiste Addis in a tie-break in his semifinal, before shooting the best match of the tournament against Korea’s Choi Chuljun to climb on top of the podium and make history for his country with a first-ever world championship title.