The frantic international calendar cooled down after the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch – but many of the world’s best were on the line just two weeks later at the fourth stage of the World Cup circuit in Berlin.
It was the last chance for archers to qualify for the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final. And, for many, the last major world tournament of the year.
Korean international debutant Bae made it all the way to the gold medal match before falling to the number-one-ranked archer on this subjective list.
Cagiran won his gold medal match against Mike Schloesser. His near-perfect X to win the shoot-off in the final was impressive.
Moldova took its first-ever medal on the Hyundai Archery World Cup circuit, courtesy Mirca and Olaru finishing second in the recurve mixed team event. Both these archers have been around for some time but are still in their early 20s – and have plenty of room to grow on the scene.
3. Alexis Ruiz, USA
Perhaps the most impressive archer of 2019? Definitely one of the best debut seasons we’ve ever seen.
Alexis Ruiz was the only archer to medal at all four stages of the circuit this year and Berlin brought her first gold medal. She wasn’t excellent in the victory – but she was definitely better than anybody else.
2. An San, Korea
First international tournament, first individual gold medal – and first career ticket for the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final firmly pocketed.
1. Mete Gazoz, Turkey
There were so many points during the week in Berlin at which Mete Gazoz was the most impressive archer on the field.
He shot a 343 first half over qualifying in strong winds and, although not able to keep it up for the stretch, showcased incredible shooting in tough conditions.
Then the team final, in which his Turkish group was victorious, ended when Gazoz himself took to the line to deliver a tiebreak-winning 10.
And finally, that second consecutive individual final in Berlin – and second consecutive victory. This time in straight sets as the 20-year-old simply outclassed his opponent in the arena.
The fourth stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup took place on 1-7 July in Berlin, Germany.