Elite archers begin qualifying quest
8 February 2007
Australia’s best archers competed in Canberra last weekend for the first of three World Championship selection events that was ultimately the start of the road to Beijing.
It is a critical year for these athletes as the World Championships in Leipzig, Germany in July impact qualification spots for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
World Junior Champion Jane Waller won the women’s selection event ahead of Alexander Feeney and Jordanna Wellings.
The competition was very strong in the men’s event with Ha Neul Kim claiming top spot ahead of Athens Olympian and former World Championship medallist David Barnes. Canberra resident Owen Van Acker was ranked third.
Kim, 25, moved to Australia from Korea three years ago and is on AIS Scholarship in Canberra. He was a top Korean archer and is now an Australian Citizen and can compete for Australia.
Tim Cuddihy, who retired for 12 months following his individual bronze medal at the Athens Olympics, is back in full training to rank sixth.
The men’s program is as strong as it has ever been with head coach Kyo Moon Oh hoping the tough competition for selection will lead to strong international results.
The second selection event will be conducted in Brisbane from 12-16 February and the final back at the AIS Archery Centre in Canberra from 5-9 March.