Gogel equals para world record at ranking event in Nove Mesto

Nove Mesto 2022 general qualification shot

Brazilian compound woman Jane Karla Gogel equalled the para world record for the 72-arrow 50-metre qualifying round, shooting 695 out of a possible 720 points during the first day of competition at the para world ranking event in Nove Mesto today.

Gogel shot halves of 345 and 350 to seed ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Champion Phoebe Paterson Pine (694) and its bronze medallist Maria Andrea Virgilio (686).

“I am very happy but I know I have a lot of work to do,” said Gogel in a Facebook post about the score, which equalled the record set by Eleonora Sarti in June 2016.

“The weather changed quite a bit, rain in the morning period until nearly time for our competition but it stopped and got really nice.”

“My first round was good but I felt that some shots didn’t come out at the right time, in the second round I managed to improve and keep a good pace of shooting and managed to finish the qualification in first, equalling the world record,” continued the former para table tennis international.

“Now to focus on next Thursday where the individual matches start.”

Former W1 Paralympic Champion Jessica Stretton qualified sixth (682) in a field of 17 compound women, which does not include Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Mariana Zuniga, who is instead competing in the USA this week after taking the place of Paterson Pine at the World Games.

Japan’s Yuya Oe (696) topped the compound men’s event, while Guillaume ToucoulletChika ShigesadaAsia Pellizzari and reigning W1 men’s Paralympic Champion David Drahoninsky collected the remaining top individual seeds.

Triple World Para Champ gold medallist Vincenza Petrilli in action at Nove Mesto 2022

Guillaume Toucoullet led in the recurve men’s qualifying field of 22 with a score of 659, while Chika Shigesada (629) finished one ahead of Tokyo 2020 silver medallist and 2022 World Archery Para Championships triple gold medallist Vincenza Petrilli over the recurve women’s round.

In the W1 events, Asia Pellizzari (613) and David Drahoninsky (667) collected comfortable top seeds, each leading their nearest competitor by eight points over the 72 arrows. 

The is the first major para archery event since the World Archery Para Championships in February and features 117 archers from 32 countries. In addition to the recurve, compound and W1 competitions, there is also a full programme of visually impaired events.

It also marks the second time the doubles competition will appear after it made its very successful debut in Dubai.

Like Dubai, the two-archer doubles format rather than three-archer teams for the single-gender competitions has increased the number of team entries, with World Archery Europe revealing it has more than doubled the expected team entries.

Competition continues on Wednesday in Nove Mesto with doubles eliminations. 

On Thursday (7 July) individual eliminations and visually impaired qualifications will take place, with mixed team and doubles finals on Friday (8 July) and individual finals on Saturday (9 July).

Photos courtesy World Archery Europe.

Top seeds: Nove Mesto 2022