Over the next month-and-a-half, we’ll have coverage from four weekends of the Indoor Archery World Series, which combines live and remote tournaments for the first time in 2021.

This weekend’s third online stage, accompanied by a visit to the Dutch national training centre for the Papendal Invitational, is followed by the Sud de France – Nimes Archery Tournament on the last few days of January. 

We’ll then return with the fourth online leg and Rushmore Rumble on 12-14 February before this year’s grand finale, a team-only Indoor Archery World Series Finals held entirely remotely at the end of next month.

More than 5000 archers around the globe are registered for this third virtual stage, the second consecutive leg to have hit that impressive milestone. But with last-minute restrictions on sports venues and activities in place to combat the resurgent pandemic, the final number of results submitted is expected to be lower.

Oh Jin Hyek (1193), Aida Roman (1174), Stas Modic (1193), Bayley Sargeant (1182), Erik Jonsson (1146) and Lina Bjorklund (1086) lead the open rankings entering the competition.

Archers are listed on the total of their best-three scores across the season and with this event being the third leg – with plenty more opportunity for archers to climb the leaderboards in Nimes and stage four – we’ll have an idea of the standard at the top come early next week.

As always, the event is simple. It’s 60 arrows at a target set 18 metres away, using a target face measuring 40 centimetres in diameter – single spot, vertical triple spot or triangular triple spot. The recurve 10-ring measures four centimetres in diameter, the compound 10-ring measures two.

The maximum score is 600 points. In December, Dave Cousins hit a perfect. Will anyone join him this time around?

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