Gaby Bayardo has secured the first place in the semifinals of the Lockdown Knockout after defeating the USA’s Casey Kaufhold in a shoot-off. Their match was the first of this remote tournament for recurve archers.

“I’m pretty excited and I’m pretty excited that I’m still in this competition,” said Gaby.

“I was nervous because Casey and I compete a lot against each other and it’s always either Casey or me, it just depends who is better on the day, so I knew it was going to be a tough match.”

It was a meeting of two archers who had climbed the podium at major continental events in 2019. Bayardo was the bronze medallist at the European Games in Minsk, Kaufhold the bronze medallist at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Both had secured Olympic quota places for their nations in the process.

Kaufhold lost the first set of this remote quarterfinal but rallied fast in the second to draw the match level. As many times as Bayardo edged ahead over the following sets, her 16-year-old opponent countered and caught up.

The repeated rallies gave the Dutch archer two opportunities to try out a unique rule being debuted during this contest.

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