Danish duo Hansen and Fullerton shoot clean in Nimes qualifying

Mathias Fullerton after qualifying in Nimes

Danish duo Stephan Hansen and Mathias Fullerton both shot clean to top the compound men’s qualifying in Nimes, each posting perfect scores of 600 points, as Olympic hopefuls Charline Schwarz and Victoria Sebastian also tied atop the recurve women leaderboard with 591.

Alejandra Usquiano (592) and Roy Dror (596) took outright poles in the compound women and recurve men’s categories.

Fullerton, runner-up in Nimes last year, won the coin toss to take top seed for a compound men’s eliminations that saw the 150-strong field needing 588 points to make the top-32 cut. (Two points lower than last year.)

Dror, who won the recurve under-21 men’s event last in Nimes last year edged out Marcus D’Almeida and Florian Unruh, who both on 595, by one.

World number one D’Almeida shot a perfect score of 300 on the back half. His first, he confirmed on social media.

Not known for her indoor prowess, 2013 Hyundai Archery World Cup winner Alejandra Usquiano, was one of just three compound women to break 590. Andrea Becerra and Elisa Roner both hit that mark exactly, one point behind the Colombian leader.

The score needed to make the compound women’s top 32 was 571, while the recurve cuts sat at 580 for men and 566 for women. Both the women’s cut scores were higher than 2023.

Competition continues this afternoon in Nimes with eliminations.

Top seeds: Occitanie - Nimes Archery Tournament 2024