Dist Hits Golds Score Low High S. Dev. Num 90m 36.00 3.25 272.50 251 286 11.0567 8 70m 36.00 5.25 301.12 289 317 9.1983 8 50m 35.88 7.12 303.38 293 311 6.6321 8 30m 36.00 15.25 332.62 323 338 4.4983 8 All 143.88 30.88 1209.62 1178 1242 19.5316 8
Dist Hits Score Low High S. Dev. Num All 143.90 1211.90 1178 1242 18.2508 10
On the drive up to Burnaby on Saturday morning, it rained heavily all the way to the Canadian border, but was just overcast coming into Vancouver. The long distances on Saturday morning were indifferent, both dragged down by one really poor end. I decided to shoot the double Fita rather than a single over two days, to try and get a better score on Sunday. The afternoon scores improved a bit, and I was glad to make it through the day without shoulder pain and without getting rained on. Sunday was warmer and sunnier, apart from a thunderstorm and cold rain shower that struck at the end of 50m and into the start of 30m. I started out shooting indifferently, but worked out my front-end problems at the end of 90m, and shot well from 70m through to the first half of 50m. The second half of 50m and 30m were a little bit frustrating, but average scores. I took third place in the double Fita, and qualified fourth for the elimination rounds (seeding was on the long distances from Saturday and the short distances from Sunday).
This was the first time I've shot a double elimination round, including the final ``if needed'' game, and I think I like the format. In the double elimination round, you have to lose twice to be knocked out. The first time you lose, you transfer to the loser's pool. Eventually, the winner of the loser's pool shoots off against the loser of the winner's pool, to see who gets to challenge the winner of the winner's pool for the gold. I shot the highest score in the first 18-arrow round (setting a club record because nobody had done an 18-arrow round before). I had one dreadful end in the second match, and lost to Shawn Riggs. From there, things started to go better as I managed to fix my anchor-point problems, and I fought my way through to win the loser's bracket, repeating the match against Shawn in the end with a better result for me. Along the way, I shot some very good scores, setting a new personal best and club record for the 12-arrow match and then equalling it again two rounds later. I finally got put out by Canada's finest, Hugh MacDonald, on the final arrow of a tight match, and took third place. Hugh lost to Mike Hornsberger in the gold medal match.