By Mark Etheridge
in Cali, Colombia
Competitive compound shooting is difficult enough as it is, and now Gabriel Badenhorst, our lone archer at the World Games here, has had his task compounded by a damaged competition compound bow.
There, he was beaten in the Last 16’s to Denmark’s Martin Damsbo.
“I was happy with my shooting but not so happy with the fact that my bow had a problem,” Bloemfontein’s Badenhorst told Road to Rio 2016 on Tuesday.
“I was taking part when the Netherlands guy next to me spotted that I had a problem. It’s one of the the limb pockets that has cracked. If it hadn’t been spotted and had gone completely during the competition it could have been a nasty mess.”
An emergency replacement has been called for and the spare part should arrive from the United States based manufacturer before his competition. “I’m now shooting with my practice bow which is not nearly as forgiving as the competition bow.”
Badenhorst went into the World Cup ranked eighth and after the rankings round there were five archers tied on a score of 701. A one-arrow shoot out saw Badenhorst then go through to the 16s as second best of the five, where he lost to Damsbo.
Practice makes perfect in the highly strung world of archery and as such Badenhorst was hugely appreciative of being able to shoot this most recent World Cup.
“Competition is absolutely vital ÔÇô this sport is 95% mental and we’ll see later this year just how much it will help that I’ve shot in both Medellin and now in Cali. I go to Poland three weeks after I get back home and then to the World Championships in Turkey in September. This preparation will be invaluable!”
As for The World Games he had this to say: “I’ve done the hard work and put in all the effort. I’ve experimented with a new release now and it’s coming right very nicely. In terms of actual placing I’d be happy to end with a ranking in the top 10.
“As I said, the mental aspect is absolutely vital, one has to realise you’re up against the target and not the archer next to you who could be the world No1. If you focus on your rival it makes it even more difficult.”