Roner wins another major, leads Italian domination at Europeans

Elisa Roner shoots during the European indoors.

Reigning (and back-to-back) Indoor Archery World Series Champion Elisa Roner has collected another big 18-metre win, beating teammate Andrea Moccia, 148-145, to take compound women‘s gold at the European indoor championships in Varaždin, Croatia.

Italy led the medal table with 14 total podiums, recurve titles for Mauro Nespoli and Tatiana Andreoli adding to Roner’s individual result.

After seeding second to world number one Ella Gibson earlier this week – Roner shot 590, Gibson 591 for the 60-arrow qualifying round – the Italian 22-year-old’s path to victory was made a little easier when Moccia produced a shoot-off upset of the Brit in the semifinals.

Both had shot 146 points but Gibson missed the 10 in the tiebreak.

Twenty-one-year-old Moccia was unable to keep pace with Roner in the final, leaking points as the match progressed despite taking an early lead, handing the former pizzaola her fourth major win in the last 13 months. (Two indoor world series finals, the European Games and now this.)

One major final in Varaždin did not go a favoured Italian archer.

Despite winning everything on the world stage in 2022, Cinzia Noziglia has continued her run of second-place finishes at the continental level, which now stretches through three events (field, 3D and indoor) since late last season.

Noziglia lost this final to San Marino’s Kristina Pruccoli in five sets. Pruccoli closed with 29, 30.

Ukraine (four), Israel (three) and Türkiye (two) had multiple athletes top the podium, while Great Britain, Slovenia and Denmark also crowned new European Champions across the 17 official events held in Varaždin.

Winners: 2024 European indoors

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