North Africans Dominate Recurve, Namibia Top in Compound

THE North African countries of Egypt and Libya dominated much of the recurve divisions at the first day of the Bank Windhoek African Youth Archery Championships, which are currently underway at the DTS sports grounds in Windhoek.

Although the championships include both recurve and compound categories, only the recurve divisions are Olympic disciplines. The top two countries in these disciplines at the competition this week will each qualify one archer for Nanjing.

During the qualification and ranking round in the recurve cadet men’s category on Monday, Ali Elghrari of Libya took the first place, followed by the two Egyptians Ahmed Shamseldin and Seifeldin Elsehely.

Namibia’s only competitor, Xander Reddig, came fourth. It was however enough for Reddig to qualify for the elimination round that started on Tuesday.

In the recurve cadet women’s division Hana Elshimy of Egypt took the top honors ahead of her team mate Rana Kamel and Kpetchehoue Zinsou of Benin. Together with fourth-placed Salma Esmat, these women will battle it out for the African title and a place in China.

Meanwhile there was a display of some fine archery in the recurve men and women’s development categories. The winners of these divisions will not be crowned African junior champions, but rather gather much-needed experience for other upcoming international events. Medals will, however, be awarded to the winners.

The men’s category was dominated by Seydouba Bangoura of Guinea with Banbin Nguelet of Chad second and Namibia’s CF Brandt third.

Princillia Fangbi of the Central African Republic came first place in the women’s division, followed by Mama Sylla (Guinea) and Stephanie Alaina (Chad).

Meanwhile the Namibian compound delegation battled it out amongst themselves in their respective divisions. Since only the recurve categories are an Olympic discipline, all other African countries have opted not to send their compound archers, allowing Namibia to take the African title without competition.

In the qualification round of the compound junior men’s division Ruan van Staden was the only athlete to compete, gaining 679 points.

Elisabeth Taljaard came first in the compound cadet women’s division, followed by Hanneacute Snyman and Quinn Reddig.

The first place in the compound cadet men’s category went to Mynhardt Beukes with Hendrik van Eeden second and Sebastian Fechter third.

Source : The Namibian