Preview: European titles on offer at championships in Munich
Continental titles and quota places for the 2023 European Games are up for grabs next week at the 2022 European Archery Championships in Munich, Germany.
Hopes for the host nation are at an all-time high after a blistering start to the Hyundai Archery World Cup season for Germany.
Katharina Bauer has made back-to-back final fours on the international tour and helped secure her country’s first-ever mixed team stage win last month in Gwangju. Bauer, Michelle Kroppen and Charline Schwarz also now rank as the number two recurve women’s team in the world after two consecutive silver medals from two events of this year’s tour.
Estonian siblings Lisell and Robin Jaatma are also worth watching. Both sit in the top 10 of the compound world rankings and are podium threats – both individually and paired in the mixed team event. Talking of family ties, legendary six-time Olympian Evangelia Psarra is competing alongside her daughter, Maria Nasoula.
The city of Munich will celebrate 50 years since it hosted the Olympics later this year – which is also the 50-year anniversary of archery’s return to the Olympic programme.
What’s happening? The 27th edition of the European Archery Championships on 6 -12 June 2022 at the Olympia Schiessanlage Hochbrück in Munich, Germany.
What’s at stake? Continental titles and quota places for the 2023 European Games.
Who’s competing? 296 archers from 40 countries.
What’s the story? It’s only been one year since the last European Championships – which are normally held at two-year intervals – due to the postponement of the 26th edition in Antalya from 2020 to 2021. That event awarded Olympic places for Tokyo while next week’s tournament has quota places for the upcoming European Games on offer.
As well as European Champion titles, of course.
- Tuesday 7 June: Qualifying
- Wednesday 8 June: Eliminations
- Thursday 9 June: Eliminations
- Friday 10 June: European Games secondary bracket (if necessary)
- Saturday 11 June: Compound medal matches
- Sunday 12 June: Recurve medal matches
How to watch
Coverage of the European Championships is being shown worldwide by broadcast partners. Viewers in Germany can watch live streaming on SportDeutschland.tv and linear coverage on Bayerischer Rundfunk. International views should check local listings on Claro Sports (Latin America), Eleven (Chinese Taipei), Eurosport (Europe), SpoTV (Korea and Southeast Asia), SETIndia (Indian subcontinent) and TRT (Turkey).
The event is being streamed live by the Olympic Channel in other territories.
Live scores will be available on the World Archery website, and there will be coverage on World Archery’s digital platforms throughout the competition.
European Games qualification
These championships act as the primary qualifier for the 2023 European Games in Poland. (A European Grand Prix in Great Britain in early 2023 is the second qualifying event.)
Some 128 archers will compete at the multisport event, 96 recurve and 32 compound, and quotas for 78 of those places will be awarded on the final results of the championships in Munich. There is additional time set aside on Friday for a secondary qualifying event, which will be used to break ties between archers who lose before the quarterfinals should it be necessary to distribute the places.
Poland receives the full eight-athlete quota (six recurve and two compound) as host country. A nation can win a maximum of one quota per gender in the individual events – or a full three-athlete quota in the recurve team event.
Five team and 16 individual quotas per gender are available in Munich. The top five teams at the championships, excluding Poland, will win full three-athlete quotas. The archers representing the next 16 countries not qualified as teams in the final individual ranking will win then places for their nation.
What’s left? Three team and five individual quotas per gender at the second qualifier, plus three male and three female universality tickets.
Eight individual quotas per gender are available in Munich. The archers representing the top eight countries, excluding Poland, in the final individual ranking will win places for their nation.
What’s left? Five individual quotas per gender at the second qualifier, plus two male and two female universality tickets.
These are the defending European Champions from Antalya 2021:
- Recurve men: Pablo Acha, Spain
- Recurve women: Lisa Barbelin, France
- Compound men: Yakup Yildiz, Turkey
- Compound women: Tanja Gellenthien, Denmark
These are the top-ranked archers competing in Munich:
- Recurve men: Mete Gazoz, Turkey (world rank: 1)
- Recurve women: Lisa Barbelin, France (world rank: 4)
- Compound men: Mike Schloesser, Netherlands (world rank: 1)
- Compound women: Ella Gibson, Great Britain (world rank: 5)
A total of 296 archers (175 men, 121 women) from the national teams of the following 40 countries are registered to compete at these championships: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Faroe Islands, Great Britain, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.
Athletes from Russia and Belarus are currently prohibited from participating in international events.
Competition at the European Championships starts with qualification on Tuesday in Munich.