Schloesser beats record for time at world #1 with 1038 days in a row

Mike Schloesser shoots in Hermosillo in 2023.

Mister Perfect Mike Schloesser has spent 1038 consecutive days ranked number one in the world, including start and end date, beating Sara Lopez’s record in the modern era (since the launch of the Hyundai Archery World Cup in 2006) by one.

“I’m fortunate to have been doing this for a very long time, and time flies when you’re having fun,” said Mike.

“I shoot one arrow at a time, many times a day, and those arrows add up. I’m very proud of this achievement. I hope I can add some more days to it and keep on going strong.”

Schloesser passed Lopez’s mark for non-consecutive time spent at the top of the Sanlida World Archery Rankings in late 2023 and has now accrued 1758 total days in the number one spot.

The 30-year-old first led the list in 2015, two years after he won the World Archery Championships at the age of 19.

His most recent stint atop the ranking began in mid-2021. He has since climbed the podium at the worlds twice more (bronze in 2021 and silver in 2023) and won the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final for the third (2021) and fourth (2022) times.

Schloesser has been setting the standard in the compound men’s game for more than a decade.

In a sport of such tiny margins, in which wins are increasingly difficult to deliver, his longevity at the top is simply astonishing.