There was no shortage of shooters at the First Stage of the Indoor World Cup Circuit in Marrakesh. Team Hoyt rang in the indoor season with a new World Record, a pair of podium sweeps and 10/12 of available medals, making one thing clear: Team Hoyt will pull no punches in 2017.
In his first tournament with the 2017 Hoyt Faktor and Carbon X-Tour limbs Brady Ellison shattered a standing 15-year World Record, shooting an incredible 598/600 in Men’s Recurve qualifications.
In addition to setting a new World Record, Brady spearheaded the Hoyt Men’s Recurve podium sweep, taking gold himself, flanked by Matteo Fissore and Massimiliano Mandia who secured silver and bronze, respectively.
Team Hoyt dominated the Women’s Recurve division as well. Bryony Pitman shot a perfect 30 in the Gold Medal Finals shoot-off to earn the top spot on the podium, joined by Hoyt teammate Reena Parnat who took Bronze.
Mike “Mr. Perfect” Schloesser, the only person to ever shoot a perfect 600/600, nearly repeated the feat in his inaugural run with the 2017 Hoyt Prevail, shooting 599/600 in qualifications. When the dust settled, Mike brought home silver, joined on the podium by Hungarian youngster Viktor Orosz who took Bronze after shooting a solid 149/150 in the bronze final.
Danelle Wentzel (center), Marcella Tonioli (left) and Toja Ellison (right) swept the Women’s compound event in stellar Team Hoyt fashion.
The final between World-Record-Holder Danelle Wentzel and previous World Cup Finals Champion Marcella Tonioli was a battle of archery titans, coming down to Wentzel’s final arrow, a required 10 that secured her the gold.
Congratulations to these medalists and all Hoyt shooters. Good luck with the rest of the indoor season! Full results at worldarchery.org. Photos courtesy of World Archery.