Gibson breaks double-50-metre world record with 1422

Ella Gibson shot a new world record of 1422 in Barnsley.

World number one Ella Gibson has broken the world record for the double 50-metre qualifying round, subject to ratification, after shooting back-to-back rounds of 711 points at the second leg of Britain’s domestic circuit in Barnsley.

The 22-year-old already owned the record at 1417 points. Today’s score of 1422 ups it by five.

“Really great result. It’s hard to beat now,” she said. “But still doable.”

The weather really was excellent – for most of the day. But on the last end, the clouds unleashed a torrent. Gibson still managed to close with a 58.

“I couldn’t see through my clarifier on the last shot,” she said. “I genuinely feel like I can beat it again since that second day I had a few 58s. There are some easy points.”

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The last arrow of Ella Gibson’s world record round on Saturday.

She shot 1422 (711/711) for the double 50-metre round.#archery #worldrecord @archerygb

— World Archery (@worldarchery) May 8, 2023

The double 50-metre round consists of two standard 72-arrow qualifying rounds shot consecutively. The world record for the single round sits at 713 and is owned by all-world compounder Sara Lopez.

Ella keeps coming close to that score, and Jyothi Surekha Vennam matched it at the Hyundai Archery World Cup season opener in Antalya last month.

“When I’m ready and have the right day, I know I can beat it,” said Gibson after this latest record. “I’ve shot more so many times in practice. I just need things to line up in competition.”

Ella will be back on the international shooting line in just over a week’s time for the second stage of the 2023 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai, China.