We cannot talk about a world record in Shanghai without mentioning Mike Schloesser.
YES, Mr. Perfect did it again. The Flying Dutchman raised the bar on the 72-arrow qualifying round to an amazing 717, just three points shy of a perfect 720. A 359 in the first pass and a 358 in the second combined to put him a single point higher than the previous world-best score, which he already held.
There were other records broken in Shanghai as well. The compound men from the USA upped their own team world record for the ranking round, raising it to 2133 points, and the compound mens team from the Netherlands shot a new European record of 2130.
On top of all this, 37 compound men broke the 700-barrier at the first Hyundai Archery World Cup stage of 2016 in Shanghai.
The conditions were almost perfect today: slighty overcast and with little to no wind. After dropping only three points Mike said: “I could definitely shoot more, because I made some stupid mistakes. I’m always trying to do better, but this was great and I’m really happy with it,”
It‘ll only be a matter of time that the perfect 720 cap for qualification will be reached. There are several contenders who have the potential to do it, making it all the more exciting to see who will eventually be the first.
Tomorrow the eliminations will commence, with all the expected still in contention it looks promising to see some high level competition here at the first stop of the year in Shanghai.
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