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Jorina, Riaan hit the mark with gold

Our archers have won two gold medals at the eighth FAA (Federation of African Archery) Championships in Egypt.

With the compound category still quite new to the rest of African, seven countries were represented.

Teenage sensation, Jorina Coetzee again showed her silver medal at World Championships in South Korea last year was no fluke.

Shooting in the searing desert heat, with a mild wind blowing, The Mpumalanga archer shot her 12-arrow match 108-104 against her Namibian opponent to bring home the gold. This is yet another addition to her already bulging trophy cabinet.

Then in the men’s compound category, Bloemfontein based Riaan Crowther silenced the crowd when he started off with a 25 against his Namibian arrival’s 27.

Then on the second end, he equalled his opponent with a score of 54, followed by both countries on 81. The last three arrows — X-10-10, brought Riaan home with a 111-109 lead to win gold.

Earlier in the competition, another South African competitor, Karen Hultzer, was eliminated in the semi-finals of the recurve category.