Beginners guide to the Hermosillo 2023 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final

The Hyundai Archery World Cup trophy.

The champions of the 2023 Hyundai Archery World Cup – the sport’s annual international competition circuit – will be crowned at the season’s grand finale on 9-10 September in Mexico.

Only 32 archers, eight in each of the four championship categories, have made it to the 17th Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in Hermosillo.

Athletes could secure a spot by winning one of the circuit’s four stages – in Antalya (Türkiye), Shanghai (China), Medellin (Colombia) and Paris (France) – or by climbing high enough in the Archery World Cup Ranking with consistent finishes across the season to make it as a points qualifier. Mexico receives one spot in each category as host nation.

The four archers who win in Hermosillo will secure the title of Hyundai Archery World Cup Champion and a record 30,000 CHF cash prize.

Three of the reigning title holders (Kim Woojin, Mike Schloesser and Sara Lopez) return to the finals roster in 2023. Those three archers, plus Brady Ellison, have combined for 20 total circuit trophies since the event was launched in 2006.

Hermosillo is the hometown of Mexican Olympic medallist Alejandra Valencia, who is likely to attract the largest crowd – in a country already known for its passionate archery fanbase.


  • Thursday 7 September: Match draw (streamed delayed live on Friday)
  • Friday 8 September: Practice
  • Saturday 9 September: Compound finals
  • Sunday 10 September: Recurve finals

Broadcast schedule

Session Date Time (local) Time (UTC) Streaming
archery+ live show and match draw Friday 8 September 9h00 16h00 World Archery YouTube
Compound women finals (elite eight) Saturday 9 September 16h00 23h00 archery+
Compound men finals (elite eight) Saturday 9 September 20h00 03:00 +1 day archery+
Recurve women finals (elite eight) Sunday 10 September 16h00 23h00 archery+
Recurve men finals (elite eight) Sunday 10 September 20h00 03:00 +1 day archery+


Competition at the 2023 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final takes place in a temporary spectator stadium constructed in the Plaza Zaragoza, next to the Palacio de Gobierno (government palace) in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, in the northwest of Mexico.


The archers listed in bold are the top seeds and will be placed at either end of their match bracket. A match draw, held on Thursday and streamed on Friday, in Hermosillo will determine the positions of the other archers.

Recurve men Recurve women Compound men Compound women
Lee Woo Seok
KOR flag Korea
Lim Sihyeon
KOR flag Korea
Jozef Bosansky
SVK flag Slovakia
Jyothi Surekha Vennam
IND flag India
Marcus D’Almeida
BRA flag Brazil
Kang Chae Young
KOR flag Korea
Mike Schloesser*
NED flag Netherlands
Ella Gibson
GBR flag Great Britain
Kim Woojin*
KOR flag Korea
Penny Healey
GBR flag Great Britain
Mathias Fullerton
DEN flag Denmark
Sara Lopez*
COL flag Colombia
Mauro Nespoli
ITA flag Italy
Peng Chia-Mao
TPE flag Chinese Taipei
Prathamesh Jawkar
IND flag India
Tanja Gellenthien
DEN flag Denmark
Brady Ellison
USA flag USA
Casey Kaufhold
USA flag USA
James Lutz
USA flag USA
Aditi Swami
IND flag India
Dhiraj Bommadevara
IND flag India
Lisa Barbelin
FRA flag France
Sawyer Sullivan
USA flag USA
Cho Su A
KOR flag Korea
Dan Olaru
MDA flag Moldova
Michelle Kroppen
GER flag Germany
Abhishek Verma
IND flag India
Liko Arreola
USA flag USA
Matias Grande
MEX flag Mexico
Alejandra Valencia
MEX flag Mexico
Miguel Becerra
MEX flag Mexico
Dafne Quintero
MEX flag Mexico

*Reigning champion. (The recurve women’s winner in 2022, An San, did not qualify.)

Winning records

Athletes who have won multiple titles since the circuit’s launch in 2006. Those competing in Hermosillo are listed in bold.


Athletes at the Hyundai Archery World Cup compete in either the recurve or compound events, which correspond to the type of bow they use.

Recurve bows are the modern evolution of traditional bows. The limbs curve away from the archer at the top and bottom of the bow, which is what gives the ‘re-curve’ its name. The bows feature sights and stabilisers that help the archer to aim and release an arrow accurately.

The recurve events are currently included on the programme of the Olympic Games. 

Compound bows use a system of pulleys and cables, making them a more mechanically efficient and inherently accurate type of bow. The strength required to pull the bow is at its maximum at the start of the process, decreasing the further the bow is drawn back, which makes it easier to hold while aiming. Archers also use mechanical release aids and sights with magnified lenses to further increase accuracy.

World Archery applied for compound’s inclusion on the LA28 Olympic programme in 2022.

Competition format

Eight archers compete in each category at the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final, with the winner decided on the outcome of a matchplay bracket.

Each of the four competition sessions consists of eight matches: four quarterfinals, two semifinals, a bronze and a gold medal match. An archer must win three consecutive matches to be crowned Hyundai Archery World Cup Champion.

Rules: Recurve

Recurve archers shoot over a distance of 70 metres at targets measuring 122 centimetres in diameter, aiming to hit a 10-ring measuring just 12.2 centimetres in diameter – or about the size of an orange. Recurve matches are decided using the set system.

The goal is to accrue six set points. A set consists of three arrows and the maximum score is 30 points. At the end of each set, the archer with the highest combined arrow score is awarded two set points. Both archers receive one set point if the score is tied.

An archer can win a match quickly – with a score of 6-0 or in ‘straight sets’ – by winning three sets in a row.

Rules: Compound

Compound archers shoot over a distance of 50 metres at targets measuring 80 centimetres in diameter, with the four outer rings removed, aiming to hit a 10-ring measuring just eight centimetres in diameter. Compound matches are decided using cumulative scoring.

The goal is to acquire the most number of points over a certain number of arrows. Matches last for 15 arrows and are split into five ends of three arrows. The maximum score is 150 points and each match takes about 15 minutes.

Rules: Tiebreak

If a recurve match is tied at 5-5 after five sets or a compound match is tied on total score after 15 arrows then a shoot-off decides the winner. Both archers shoot a single arrow and the arrow that lands closest to the centre of the target wins the match.