At just 17 years old, Telford’s newest and most promising athlete is a member of the British archery team aiming for Paris 2024. She currently tops the world rankings after winning individual gold at the Archery World Cup. Her love for archery began after watching the 2012 film Brave. And in that, the independent archer Merida lifts an ancient curse using her bow.
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Previously a keen horse rider, Penny discovered her sporting passion through a taster session at Audco Archers in Newport, Staffordshire. After securing her first individual World Cup title in Turkey. Archer Sarah Battles Healey has earned the top spot in the world rankings. And that matched the achievement of her British teammate Bryony Pitman who won gold at the same event last season. Healey’s victory followed her recent success at the European Grand Prix in Lille shall, where she also won gold.
Participating in the Olympics holds a special meaning for her since she had expressed her desire to compete after watching London 2012 with her mother. Throughout her career, this has been her driving force. The athlete aims to become world number one and to win an Olympic medal someday. Her determination is evident as she plans not to retire. But until she accomplishes both of these goals, becoming a world champion and an Olympic medalist.
Olympic 2024: Baek Woong Ki is India’s new recurve archery coach for Olympic 2024
The Archery Association of India has appointed Baek Woong Ki. He is a renowned South Korean coach, as the head coach for Indian recurve archers, with a specific focus on the Paris 2024 Olympics. Ki led South Korea’s women’s recurve archery team to victory in team and individual events at the London 2012 Olympics. At 61 years old, Ki will be India’s first full-time foreign coach since 2014.
The Indian team at the Archery World Cup 2023 Stage in Antalya, Turkey is currently being supervised by Woong Ki. He is being assisted by Sergio Pagni, a former world champion from Italy who is coaching the Indian compound archery team. Sergio Pagni has been working with India’s compound archery team since the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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India will be represented by eight compounds and eight recurve archers at the Archery World Cup 2023 Stage 1. Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai, both Olympians, will lead India’s charge in recurve archery. While Jyothi Surekha Vennam, a world championships silver medallist, will be India’s top challenger among compound archers. Recurve archers will have the opportunity to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. But with the qualification window set to open in July 2023. While compound archery is not part of the Olympic programme, it is included at the World Games.
Archery World Cup in Paris to act as Summer 2024 Olympics test event
The upcoming Archery World Cup in Paris will serve as the test event for the 2024 Olympic Games. Archery competitions in the Paris Olympics are scheduled to take place at the Esplanade des Invalides. And that is a temporary venue located in the city’s 7th arrondissement, opposite the famous Hotel des Invalides. The venue will provide a magnificent backdrop for archery events and blend history, culture, and high-level sport. The Hotel des Invalides was built-in 1687 during the reign of Louis XIV as a military hospital and retirement home for war veterans.
And now houses French military history museums, monuments, and the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The location of the temporary venue for archery at Paris 2024 promises a unique experience for athletes and spectators. The elegant Pont Alexandre III bridge links the venue to the Grand Palais on the right bank of the Seine. And rows of trees flank the area on its west and east sides. Its central location in Paris makes it an ideal spot for hosting high-level sports. While also showcasing the city’s history and culture. The fourth leg of this year’s Archery World Cup will take place in Paris from August 15 to 20, with the finals held at Esplanade des Invalides.
This event will be the only opportunity for athletes to compete in the temporary arena at Invalides before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Shanghai will host a leg of the Archery World Cup for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. As the second leg of the series from May 16 to 21. The Archery World Cup will begin in Antalya from April 18 to 23, marking the 16th time the resort in Turkey has held a World Cup event.
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