Gibson breaks double-50 world record with 1417/1440

Ella Gibson shoots 1417/1440 to set world record at Cleadon Archers.

World number one Ella Gibson has set her first world record of the year, shooting 1417 out of a possible 1440 points to beat Toja Ellison’s previous world best by two, subject to ratification.

Gibson shot back-to-back 72-arrow qualifying rounds of 707 and 710 points at Cleadon Archers in the northeast of Great Britain today.

“It’s a different mindset, working through 144 arrows to break a record as you need to pace yourself and your concentration,” said the 22-year-old compounder. “You can’t give it your all from the get-go or you just won’t have enough mental energy left by the end.”

Gibson broke the European record for the 72-arrow qualifying round at the third stage of this year’s Hyundai Archery World Cup with 712 out of 720 points.

She was on pace to take down the world mark one stage later – but ended up on the same score.

“I found this record honestly a bit easier than others this year, as it felt like I had so many opportunities through the 144 arrows to make up for any mistakes,” she explained.

“I’m really happy and proud to have still broken the record in some tricky conditions. And I think there’s still a bit of room for it to be beaten.”

Gibson has won every major event she has entered this season.

She collected titles at all three stages of the Hyundai Archery World Cup at which she competed – Antalya, Paris and Medellin – and won her first-ever World Games in the middle.

The emergent star has been taking it easy since Colombia, now resuming training ahead of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final, where she will arrive the favourite.

“I’ve still been shooting almost every day but just far less arrows with less pressure,” she said. “But I’m getting back to my high-intensity training.”

Ella also currently owns the world record for 36 arrows at 60 metres shot as part of the 1440 Round at 358 out of a possible 360 points. She previously held the 60-arrow 18-metre qualifying round record 596 before Sarah Prieels upped it by one.