Double bronze for Australia at Archery World Cup
25 July 2018
ARCHERY: Rio Olympic bronze medallist Taylor Worth has won an individual bronze, and helped the Australian Mens Recurve Team also claim bronze at the Archery World Cup in Berlin.
Worth and his fellow Olympic bronze medallist teammate Ryan Tyack, alongside David Barnes, posted scores of 56, 57 and 58 to secure the bronze medal against Kazakhstan.
Traning under his mother, Lynette Rankin Tyack, this is Ryan's second medal of 2018, taking out the silver at the Yankton Archery World Championships earlier in the year.
For Barnes, this achievement comes after a 10-year hiatus, choosing to walk away from the sport in 2008 after competing in the 2007 Worlds in Leipzig, Germany, and being heralded as the "next big thing" in archery.
He told World Archery that as a 21-year old he just wanted to live a normal life while he was young, but knew he would make a comeback at some stage.
"Archery is something I always said I would come back to. I had a bit of a lightbulb moment last year and realised it was my time to have my crack again," Barnes said.
Now, after less than a year since returning to the sport, Barnes can boast another World Cup medal to his name.
Taylor Worth followed up his team perfomance with bronze in the men’s individual recurve, beating the Netherlands Steve Wijler 6-4 in a close and exciting match.
By finishing third, Taylor also secured himself a place at the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in Samsun in September.
He told World Archery of his second bronze medal match on the World Cup circuit, "It's been almost four-and-a-half years since my last chance, and I wasn't going to let it slip this time."
"I never thought I had it in the bag for a second, Wiljer is such an amazing athlete and archer with a handful of medals, so I knew it was going to be hard from the start."
Worth is only the second Australian archer to have qualified for the event, with Patrick Coghlan shooting at the season final in Lausanne in 2008.