Friday 22 March

Elimination rounds

We all got up early to watch the eliminations.

The format for this was as follows:

In the finals, the archers had to take turns shooting. Each archer had 40 seconds to shoot an arrow and, as soon as this arrow was shot, the opponent had 40 seconds to shoot his or hers. The archer who had just shot had to wait. Really a test of nerves and concentration where only the strongest archers survive.

Jeroen had to shoot against an Italian, Mario Tonarelli. It was the first time he shot an elimination round. Although he shot well, he had two lesser rounds and was eliminated, 152-164.
Geert had a very bad start, as his first scoring arrow was a miss. A lapse of concentration, he later explained. Jokingly: one practice arrow too much! He came back strongly and almost closed the gap he had with his Belgian opponent, Stephane Bel, but it wasn't to be. Geert lost 165-163.

Jeroen Hasperhoven vs Mario Tonarelli and Stephane Bel vs Geert van Berkel

Overall, there was strong shooting, especially by the French. In the semi-finals, Jean-François Roche, 3rd at the French Championships in 1995, eliminated fellow countryman Mickael Bonnard after a shoot-off. Bonnard on his turn, had eliminated another frenchman, Xavier Veray, 118-114 the round before. Yaroslav Kolesnik, 6th at the Birmingham Indoor Championships, eliminated Filippo Clini 117-116 in the other semi-final.
In the final, both opponents did not give an inch and stayed close to each other until the last arrow. In the end, Kolesnik beat Roche by one point 116-117 to become the first World University Indoor Archery Champion.

The gent's final
The gent's final: Kolesnik (top) vs Roche

Full results for the Men recurve elimination rounds.

Ladies final: Jacob (top) vs. Chang The ladies' final: Jacob vs. Chang

In the women's recurve, Christel did better. She eliminated Guillemette Hybois from France 169-163 and went on to the next round. There she, somewhat surprisingly, lost to Danielle van Buren from Great Britain, 111-106.
Van Buren was beaten in the semi-final 113-105 by Claudine Jacob, French University Champion in 1994 and 1995. In the other semi-final, Hsiao-Feng Chang from Chinese Taipei eliminated Veronika Tchalova from Russia 112-110. The final was, like the men's, very close: Chang beat Jacob by only one point 112-111.

Full results for the Women recurve elimination rounds.

Simon Oosthoek vs Jonathan Mynott

In the compound men division, Simon was up against Jonathan Mynott from Great Britain (Brunel University). Simon did very well, but had one weak round. Mynott didn't and won, 167-172. This was definitely no shame, as Mynott went on and only lost in the final 115-112 to Franck Dauphin from France.

Full results for the Men's compound elimination rounds.

In the women's compound, Anna Campagnoli from Italy beat Erh-Ying Chao from Chinese Taipei after a shoot-off in the semi-final, Pei Ling Shih from Chinese Taipei won from local archer Ingrid Chevalier 109-105 in the other semi-final. In the final, Campagnoli won the title with 114-112.

Full results for the Women's compound elimination rounds.

After the presentation of the awards, we changed into more formal clothes as we were expected to attend a reception at the INSA, the technical university of Lyon.

We were brought there in coaches and had not the foggiest idea what it was all about. When we arrived, we had to wait a while and, after that and among others, the president of the french student sport association FNSU, held a speech. The reception was apparently in honour of the Universities of Lyon being the first winning a prestigious 'Most Sportive University' award for the second time. The exact details I don't know, the translation was not so good and I could not hear everything clearly. After the handing over of the trophy and more speeches, all the delegations received a commemorative plaque of the Championships. As head of my 'delegation' I was also called forward to receive the plaque. It was handed to me by the president of FNSU, who thanked me for coming from so far away. I did not explain where and how I exactly came from as this would take too much time in front of all the others and just thanked him for the plaque and the hospitality. After this presentation, there were drinks and later food. Some delegations took advantage of the free drinks on their empty stomachs. This would lead to some pretty (or not so pretty) sights later on.

It was starting to get late and people were getting impatient for their dinner. When it finally arrived, the first course consisted of salad and tabulae (rice which looks like couscous, but without meat and served cold). It took quite a while before the next course was served, so some of us (especially Dave) were afraid that this would be all we would get. It took a while, but cold chicken and meat were also served. It was good food, but I think some will disagree here. Anyway, there was enough for everybody, although we had to keep track of the plates to make sure the Belgian team on one side and the British team on the other side of us didn't eat everything. After this cheeses and dessert were served.

A visit to the old part of Lyon was scheduled after dinner. As it was getting late, most archers who had to shoot in the team event the next day went back to the hotel. Joke, Judith, Dave, Simon and me decided to take our chances and go for the tour.
The trip to the centre was very entertaining. Certain members of the British team had really enjoyed their wine and were somewhat intoxicated, to say the least. The behaviour of two of their members was such, that I will go into more detail about it, so that, if they read this, they will know what they will have been up to that night.
When we got in the coach, we noticed that the Brits were somewhat loud. On further observation it appeared that attention was focused to one gentle(?)man who did not seem to be doing very well because of the wine and was encouraged by some of his team mates to let it all go. Until now, I still have no confirmation whether he did so at that time or not. Next, somebody took his shoelaces out of his shoes and gave them back. The owner of the shoelaces now began to put them back in his shoe, which he managed quite well, considering his condition. He only got into trouble when the second lace was mixed up with the first. He now had four ends and did not know which end went where.
After arrival at the town centre, the Brits ran off immediately and we wondered if they would ever be back on time, as there was only 25 minutes for the visit. We decided to find a café and have a quick drink. Dave offered to pay for a taxi so we could take it a little easier, but after a quick walk around the square, we couldn't find a decent place. We realized that it might get pretty expensive to take a taxi and went back to the bus. Tomorrow was another day.
To our surprise, the Brits arrived at practically the same time as we did at the bus. They had been chasing the 'shoe lacer' around the town square and had hadto take him from the back of a horse statue of Louis XIV.
In the bus, on the way back, the Brits were very quiet. One of them (not so intoxicated) had trouble breathing, so the bus drove directly to their hotel. When we got off, the two drinkers looked a little lost, they did not seem to know what, where, when and who they were. By now, the other drinker recognised me, as I had shot on the same FITA star as he did a couple of years ago in England. He asked me about it, in actually very decent, French. I think the wine really did contribute a lot to his ease of speech. In the meantime, his teammate had completely lost it and proceeded to place his dinner on the pavement and inspected this on hands and legs.
We were in front of their hotel, but if the Slovenian archer who stayed at the same place hadn't been there, we would have had to bring them to bed as the Brits would have had a hard time getting back. They really didn't know where they were! We went back to our hotel knowing that they would get home and wondered what they would feel like in the morning.
The next day, we learned that the Brits had got home safely, but that the French speaking one had managed to vomit in his own suitcase and did not have many clothes left.