No show ensures Nam Compound Archers title
Although the Championships included both Recurve and Compound categories, only the Recurve divisions were Olympic disciplines with the top two countries in this discipline qualifying one archer for Nanjing.
Karola Woortman, Secretary of Archery Association of Namibia in a media release stated “The Namibian Compound delegation battled amongst themselves in their respective divisions, since only the Recurve categories are an Olympic discipline, all other African countries have opted not to send their compound archers, allowing Namibia to take the African title without competition.”
In the qualification round of the junior men’s division, Ruan van Staden was the only athlete to compete, gaining 679 points.
Elisabeth Taljaard came first in the Compound cadet women’s division, followed by Hanne Snyman and then Quinn Reddig.
The first place in the Compound cadet men’s category went to Mynhart Beukes, followed by Hendrik van Eeden and Sebastian Fechter taking third position. Namibia took all three medals in the cadet category.
Meanwhile in the Recurve divisions, the North African countries of Egypt and Libya dominated the scene.
The qualification and ranking round in the Recurve cadet’s category saw, Ali Elgharari (Libya) taking first place followed by the two Pharoahs, Ahmed Shamseldin and Seifeldin Elsehely.
Namibia’s only competitor in this division, Xander Reddig only managed to scrap a fourth position place, but it was however enough for him to qualify for the elimination round.
In the women’s division Hana Elshimy (Egypt) took top honours ahead of team mate Rana Kamel and Kpetchehoue Zinsou (Benin) followed by Salma Esmat which will see these ladies battle it out for the African title and a spot for China.
Featured at the championships was the Recurve men’s and women’s development categories, which were there mainly for the athletes to gain experience and not necessarily be crowned African Champions.
The men’s category was dominated by Seydouda bangoura of Guinea with Banbin Nguelet of Chad in second and Namibia’s CF Brandt in third. Princilla Fangbi of the Central African Republic made first place in the ladies division, followed by Mama Sylla (Guinea) and Stephanie Alaina (Chad).