Yankton hub to host Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in 2021

Braden Gellenthien shoots during the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in Moscow.

Yankton will host this year’s Hyundai Archery World Cup Final on 29-30 September, immediately after the Hyundai World Archery Championships, to end the current outdoor season and complete the 15th year of the international circuit.

It is the first time the annual event will be hosted in the USA and the first time these two tournaments will run consecutively in the same location.

Eight archers will compete in each division for the coveted Hyundai Archery World Cup Champion titles and a top prize of 24,000 CHF. At least one of those archers in each category, four in total, is now guaranteed to be from the States as the host country is reserved spots.

They’ll be joined by the winners of the three stages in Guatemala, Lausanne and Paris, plus the individual Olympic Champions from Tokyo 2020, with the remaining places filled from the circuit rankings.

USA archer and reigning world number one Braden Gellenthien is already qualified for the event having won in Guatemala.

The creation of the Yankton hub to host the Hyundai World Archery Championships, Hyundai Archery World Cup Final and World Archery Congress in a single location at the end of the season reduces travel challenges for teams and ensures that the world’s best archers can compete at both of these important events. It also makes it easier to implement pandemic-related safety restrictions and for World Archery to protect athlete well-being.

The hub is being hosted by the National Field Archery Association Foundation at its headquarters, the Yankton NFAA Easton Archery Centre, with endorsement from USA Archery, World Archery’s member association in the United States.

The finals of the world championships will take place in broadcast sessions held over three days from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 September 2021.

The match bracket draw for the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final is expected to take place on Monday 27, followed by live coverage of the event itself on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September 2021. (Rather than the traditional Saturday and Sunday.)

Lausanne hosts the second stage of the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup later this month.

Profile picture of Ugur Erdener.

“On behalf of the athletes and archery community, I’d like to express my thanks to Bruce Cull and his team for taking on the challenge of hosting two hugely important events in a very short space of time. International competition has successfully returned in 2021 and the Yankton hub at the end of the year will ensure we complete this important Olympic season just as positively as it has begun.”

Prof Dr Ugur Erdener, World Archery president
Profile picture of Bruce Cull.

“We’re proud to be hosting the world championships and Hyundai Archery World Cup Final back-to-back for the first time in history. We have the strong support of the Yankton community and the state of South Dakota, and we’re committed to building a safe and secure environment for the world’s best archers to perform at these two marquee international events that will close this exciting season.”

Bruce Cull, NFAA Foundation president