Russian archer Elena Osipova scored 684 points to break the European record and top seed in the recurve women’s qualifications at the European Archery Championships in Antalya.

“I am proud to do it for myself and also for my country,” Osipova told the World Archery website.

“I just wanted to shoot well, and every time my arrow landed in the middle, I felt in my soul that I was very happy.”

Osipova finished 23 points ahead of her closest competitors in the 72 arrows and 70 meters qualifier – Spanish Olympic athlete Elia Canales and Russian teammate Svetlana Gomboeva.

Osipova’s last end was a 58 – played the hard way, with five arrows in the 10 and one in the eight.

That was the amount she needed to break German Lisa Unruh’s previous European record of 683 in 2019.

The Dutch archers finished first in qualifying in both men’s events as Mike Schloesser scored 716 points for the 72 arrows and 50m event in the compound event and defending champion Steve Wijler topped the standings in male recurve bow.

Schloesser finished seventh ahead of Austrian Nico Wiener and Russian Viktor Kalashnikov.

It was a first seeded performance for Wijler, who scored 670 despite several weather delays.

“We needed a break from the lightning, and for me that took away my entire game plan,” said Wijler, whose scores fluctuated throughout the afternoon.

“I’m not the typical guy on the standings so I’m extremely happy.”

The world number four finished ahead of home archer Mete Gazoz, who will start as the seed in the Olympic quota tournament scheduled for Friday.

Wijler is already selected for Tokyo 2020 and can focus on securing a second consecutive title.

Denmark’s Tanja Gellenthien had a perfect final end to take the top seed in the women’s compound competition with a score of 706 points.

The competition continues with a knockout round tomorrow.



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