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World champion visits SA to take on our top archers

Some of our top archers were recently privileged to have a world champion in their midst in Bloemfontein, writes Mark Etheridge.

Tempe Archery Club hosted the FSAC 720 Target Championships at the military base at the weekend and standing on the line was none other than Germany’s Kristina Berger.

Berger (on the right of the picture), seen here shooting against Jeanine van Kradenburg, is currently ranked as the second women’s compound archer in the world and is the reigning 2013 world champion.

Predictably, she was crowned Free State champion in the compound women’s event with a score of 674 points, from Northern Gauteng’s Jeanine van Kradenburg (667) and Gerda Roux (655). Roux, a bronze medal winner at last year’s world championships, is featured in the latest edition of SASCOC ÔÇô Road to Rio 2016 magazine.

Currently on holiday in South Africa, Berger is staying with Para Archery Chairperson Shaun Anderson who invited her to come and participate in the provincial championships.

Said Emile Botha, of the Free State Archery Confederation: “Kristina indicated that the tournament was well organised and was very happy with the standard of the World Archery sanctioned event.”

Before taking up archery, Berger excelled in another form of marksmanship, having been a three-time national pistol shooting champion.