Line-up announced: 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final

Eight athletes in each of the four Hyundai Archery World Cup competition divisions – recurve men, recurve women, compound men and compound women – compete for annual circuit crowns at the season finale each year. The top seven athletes in each ranking are invited, plus one representative from the host nation, up to a maximum of two per country.

The 11th Hyundai Archery World Cup Final will be held in Odense, Denmark on 24/25 September 2016. Here are the qualifiers…

Recurve women

Choi Misun returns to defend her Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in 2016. Ki Bo Bae has also been champion, in Tokyo in 2012 – the same year she won the Olympics.

All the other archers on the recurve women’s roster are first-time finalists on the circuit.

Tuiana Dashidorzhieva took the seventh spot ahead of three-time silver medallist at the event Deepika Kumari on virtue of a higher world ranking. (After Antalya, Tuiana was world ranked 12th with 147.5 points, Deepika 13th with 146.25 points. It could barely be closer.)

Recurve men

Three-time Hyundai Archery World Cup Champion Brady Ellison qualified for his seventh consecutive Final in 2016. He’s seeded second, though, behind a debutant at the event, Ku Bonchan. Wei Chun-Heng, Sjef van den Berg, Zach Garrett and Ernesto Boardman are also all first-timers at the World Cup Final.

Kim Woojin, by winning bronze in Antalya, secured his space ahead of teammate and the winner at stage three, Lee Seungyun. Kim is a three-time finalist on the international tour. He won it in 2012.

Compound women

World number one Sara Lopez has made four and won two Hyundai Archery World Cup Finals in a row. She has the opportunity to make it three consecutive crowns in Odense.

The compound women’s line-up is the only one to feature a Danish qualifier – in addition to the space in each given as host country – courtesy of second-seeded archer Sarah Sonnichsen, who made the final four at Shanghai and Medellin in 2016.

Lily Chanu Paonam made the cut ahead of Dahlia Crook, with whom she was tied on points, thanks to a higher world ranking. (Twentieth to 21st.)

Compound men

The first Turkish gold medallist on the Hyundai Archery World Cup circuit, Demir Elmaagacli, who won in Mexico City in 2015, is joined by the first Turkish stage winner – Evren Cagiran. Cagiran took gold at Antalya 2016.

Probably the most varied of the four line-ups, the compound men’s roster features 15-arrow match world record holder Reo Wilde, in his seventh Final, 2013 World Archery Champion Mike Schloesser and two-time Hyundai Archery World Cup Final winner Sergio Pagni. On the flip side, Seppie Cilliers, Domagoj Buden and Evren are all first-timers.

Mixed teams

The two international recurve mixed teams go up against pairs from the host nation at the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.

Colombia qualified as top compound mixed team thanks to wins in both Medellin and Antalya, and a second-place finish at stage one, in Shanghai. Korean doubles also finished first in Medellin and Antalya – to top the recurve rankings.

  • Compound: Colombia 
  • Recurve: Korea