Dave Cousins, the 1999 World Archery Champion, scored 600 out of a possible 600 points to record the first perfect score of the 2021 Indoor Archery World Series during its second remote stage on 18-20 December 2020.
“I shot a great round, had a great day, was really in the groove. Equipment was working flawlessly and I hope to compete in the remainder of the events we have scheduled and see if we can’t all post up some big numbers,” said Cousins.
Only a handful of compound men have ever delivered a perfect 60-arrow 18-metre round since Mike Schloesser shot the first 600 in Nimes in 2015.
This year’s combined live and remote indoor circuit might not inspire quite the same pressure, or tense attention, as a normal event – but 60 consecutive arrows in the middle for score remains impressive no matter the circumstance.
“Yeah, it’s not a real competition per se but it is bringing us together and keeping us shooting and that’s what’s really important,” added Dave.
Three of this month’s winning scores could have been ratified as new world records had they been posted at registered events.
Reigning Indoor Archery World Series Champion Wi Nayeon from Korea shot 596 to lead all recurve women. That score is one point more than the current world best, which is owned by her compatriot Ryoo Su Jung at 595.
Swedish couple Erik Jonsson and Lina Bjorklund recorded rounds of 577 and 554 points, respectively.
Jonsson’s 577, aside from being an astonishing total to hit with a barebow, is 11 up on the current men’s world record while Bjorlund’s 554 is – likewise – 11 points higher than the women’s record.
“I’ve shot really well in practice the past three or four weeks. I’ve beaten my personal best twice,” said Erik. “I haven’t shot such high scores in maybe 15, 20 years. It’s quite amazing, actually.”
The five-time World Archery Field Champion revealed his practice best to be 589. Five-hundred-and-eighty-nine points. (That’s not a typo.)
“But practice and competition are not the same. When you shoot in practice, you can shoot at your own pace and do whatever you want between the arrows, almost,” he added.
Erika and Lina, who are engaged, intended to make this year their last on the national team. But with the World Archery Field Championships in Yankton delayed until 2022, a renewed interest in practice after a pandemic-induced break from archery and the ongoing growth of the barebow discipline – maybe they’ll stick around a little longer.
Forty-four-year-old Erik is the only archer to win both the November and December remote stages.
Bayley Sargeant shot 595 points to win the compound women’s event and reigning World Archery Champion Brady Ellison, who recently revealed an autumn ordeal stemming from a doping test, led over 1000 accepted scores in the recurve men’s competition with 598.
More than 5000 archers had registered to the second online stage of the 2021 Indoor Archery World Series. More than 3400 submitted results were accepted for the initial results list – although changes may be made for up to two weeks.
A small invitational was hosted at the World Archery Excellence Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland to coincide with the second stage of the remote circuit.
Archers taking part in this unique format for the 2021 Indoor Archery World Series can compete remotely from their own clubs, ranges or even at home. Members of teams competing in the circuit must shoot at officially registered events – otherwise known as world record status events.
These can be local tournaments but must be run to World Archery rules and endorsed by the relevant national archery federation.
Dutch archers on the Olympic team held one of these tournaments at their national training centre for the November stage. For the second month of the circuit, many more venues did the same – including the US facility in Chula Vista where Brady Ellison recorded his winning score in the recurve men’s competition.
“It’s really awesome to be shooting in an event like this. Obviously, normally we all go to one place but going to these smaller events where we can still break world records, and you still have the judges, it still feels like a real tournament,” said Ellison.
“And we had 1400 archers in our division – and it’s crazy. The level of shooting is way higher in this thing than anything we’ve ever shot before. It’s amazing.”
Brady, who is also the current world number one, holds the recurve men’s 60-arrow 18-metre ranking round world record at 599 points. He’s still chasing that perfect 600.
Small competitions held at his training centre – like the many others being run at clubs around the globe as part of this innovative format for the 2021 Indoor Archery World Series – give him a chance at hitting the perfect mark during this challenging season.
More information on how clubs can get involved and the rules for running a registered event can be found online.
Scoring for the second stage of the 2021 Indoor Archery World Series was split into three geographical areas: the Americas, Europe/Africa and Asia/Oceania. Here are the top scorers in each region.
The third remote stage of the 2021 Indoor Archery World Series will take place on 15-17 January 2021. Entries are now open through OpenWAREOS. Read more about how the circuit works and recap scores from the second stage online.
The 2021 Indoor Archery World Series is a mass-participation circuit of live and online archery tournaments