25 September 2010, SHENZHEN – Following the impressive Opening Ceremony on September 23rd, the 8th World University Archery Championship competitions have started. After the rains during the last several days due to the passage of a typhoon, the sun has taken the place in the sky. Despite of the high temperature and the humidity, it was nevertheless a better weather for the best world university archers.
On the program of this first day were the qualifications for the Men and Women Recurve and Compound Bow as well as the Mixed Team competition, for which the bronze medals have already been attributed. Technical conditions were just perfect in the Shenzhen Stadium. Our CT Chair Juan Carlos Holgado and FITA Technical Delegate Frankie Hoong were very satisfied about the way the competition was running, and also by the level of the archers. The best of them are competing in the World Cup events and other big international events.
Finland bowed the first medal of Compound Mixed Team bronze. The gold medal will be competed between the United States and Iran. The bronze medal of Recurve Mixed Team went to Chinese Taipei, who beat Republic of Korea 12-7. Italy and Japan will go to the final on Sunday.
An athlete competes in the crossbow archery event at the sports games in Rongshui Miao autonomous county in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on Sept 24, 2010. The second ethnic minority sports games were held in the county on Friday. More than 2500 athletes from 21 ethnic minorities, including the Miao, Yao and Dong groups participated in the games this year.
THE 8th World University Archery Championships opened at Shenzhen Stadium in Futian District on Thursday.
The four-day championships are a test for the 2011 Universiade (World University Games), which will be held in Shenzhen.
Attending the opening ceremony were a total of 190 athletes and officials from 26 countries, including George E. Killian, president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), Wu Yihuan, vice mayor and chairwoman of the championships organizing committee, and Liang Daoxing, vice chairman of the Executive Committee and director-general of the Executive Office.
The competition kicks off with an individual ranking round at the 3,500-seat stadium Friday.
The individual eliminations and finals will be held Saturday. The team eliminations and finals and the mixed team event will be held Sunday.