South Africa took a total of 30 medalsÔÇô 14 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze ÔÇô at the 2012 World Field Archery Championships held in the coastal town of Miramar, Argentina that ended earlier this month.
The South African delegation of 50 members, consisting of 21 Protea archers and 19 SANIFAA archers, formed part of the 200 archers represented by 15 countries in this international field archery tournament.
The five-day tournament was shot on two different ranges. Each range consisting of 28 targets with marked distances from 20ft to 80 yards. In this type of archery discipline, it is the assessment of the surroundings where the target is placed, perfect equipment tuning, concentration and mental preparedness that would distinguish the top archers from the rest.
On day one of the competition, the South African archers had to brave raining and misty weather conditions, set up in the surrounding forests of Miramar. Slippery and muddy conditions as well as the darkness in the forest also forced the South Africans to adapt very quickly and focus on every arrow been shot.
After the first day of competition the Protea team archers were taking top positions with the senior male and female archers in the freestyle and bowhunter divisions in first, second and third position respectively.
Jakkie Flemming, Kayla Venter and Jarrod de Klerk shot new world records (Field Round) in their respective competing divisions. Flemming bettered the world record held by a fellow South African since 2004.
The second day of competition did not produce any changes in the positions the South African team held. Flemming, Jane Dohlhoff, Herman Brink and Stefan van der Linde kept their first position ranking.
On the third day of the competition most of the archers competed on the second range, set up very close to the beach area and we expected wind to play a major part on the scores, 13 of the South African archers managed to shoot a perfect full score of 560/560 for the animal 2D paper round.┬á Kayla Venter shot another new world record.
The South Africans kept their lead in the top three ranking archers of each style they competed in for the next two days of the tournament with Fernando Rueda Jnr, Venter and Tertius Loots shooting another three new world records on day four and five of the competition. This meant a total of seven new world records for the South Africans.
South Africa also obtained first and second positions in the Team Style competition in the Adult Male Freestyle Unlimited, the Adult Male Bowhunter Unlimited and Adult Male Longbow divisions.