Moritz Wieser demolishes recurve men’s field in World Cup stage qualifying

Moritz Wieser shoots during qualifying at the third stage of the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Paris.

Germany’s Moritz Wieser scored 693 out of a possible 720 points to take the first pole of his young career in the recurve men’s event at the third stage of the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Paris, France.

It also put a whopping 33 points on his competition best.

“It was a great day. I’ve never shot so high. It’s a new German record,” said the chuffed 20-year-old. “I’m very excited. I was a little bit shaky in the last arrows.”

“The eliminations is a new round. I don’t feel like a favourite. Every enemy is strong here on the field and, well, I’ll have to see for the brackets.”

Wieser was the only recurve man to break 690 and came in 12 points up on the next-best qualifier, Mauro Nespoli of Italy.

Mete Gazoz (Turkey), Brady Ellison (USA), Pablo Acha (Spain), Maximilian Weckmueller (Germany), Jack Williams (USA) and Thomas Chirault (France) rounded out the top eight, all scoring between 679 and 675 points.

With 129 recurve men competing in this tournament, there was a top-104 cut ahead of matchplay with 619 points the standard required to continue.

Germany seeded top in the team event ahead of Spain, despite both nations failing to win an Olympic quota this weekend.

Competition continues in Paris with compound qualification on Wednesday morning.

Top 8 seeds: Recurve men

  1. Moritz Wieser, Germany – 693
  2. Mauro Nespoli, Italy – 681
  3. Mete Gazoz, Turkey –  679
  4. Brady Ellison, USA – 678
  5. Pablo Acha, Spain – 677 (35 10s)
  6. Maximilian Weckmueller, Germany – 677 (34 10s)
  7. Jack Williams, USA – 676
  8. Thomas Chirault, France –  675