SHANGHAI, May 18, 2017 - Although Canada’s Hamilton Nguyen and Brandon Xuereb won their first round matches, it was an overall disappointing day for Canada. Both Conner Sorley and Brian Maxwell lost their first round, while Nguyen lost 2-6 to Indonesia’s Ega Agatha in the second round and Xuereb posted only an 8.67 arrow average and was eliminated 0-6 by 21st seed Mete Gazoz from Turkey. Canada had hoped to qualify at least one man through to the round of 16, which will begin tomorrow.
“The individual performances were inconsistent and not quite good enough at this level for match play. Our arrow average across the 6 matches the team competed in was 8.79, which was well below our combined Ranking Round average of 9.02”, commented Shawn Riggs. “While understanding we didn’t meet our performance objectives, a lot of positive things occurred throughout the last week, which we will leverage as we continue to focus on improving our performance throughout the season.”
The team round was similarly disappointing with set scores of 55, 49, 54 to go down 1-5 to India. After tying the first set 1-1, a significant tactical error during the second set resulted in a lead that India never gave back.
Performance Director Alan Brahmst suggested that “we have put in a lot of work, and we still have a ton of work ahead of us to get us to where we need to be, but a lot of very good signs, which may not have shown up on the scoreboard today, are moving us toward a positive direction. With a collective experience of only 10 World Cups, and no World Championship or Olympic experience amongst the four athletes, our objectives were balanced between performing, learning, and improving.”
The next World Cup is only a few weeks away and begins on June 21st in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For additional information on the Canadian Team at the Shanghai 2017 Hyundai Archery World Cup, contact Mary MacDonald or visit www.archerycanada.ca
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