The 18th IAU World Match & Field Crossbow Championships has now closed. Running from August 19th until Sunday August 24th athletes from 13 nations competed in three international target crossbow events – 10m Match, 30m Match and Field-crossbow – adding up to 178 starts. Athletes from India, Mongolia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan were competing for the first time in Ulan-Ude. Seven other nations (Armenia, Israel, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden and Azerbaijan) had registered but were unable to travel.
Switzerland was the most successful nation in the 30 meter Match-crossbow events with Jonas Hansen becoming World Champion in the 30m Open-Class Combined event and Joel Bruschweiler World Champion in the U-23 30m event. Croatian athletes were once again dominant in the outdoor Field-crossbow events. Russian athletes topped the overall medals table and were prominent in all 11 Individual Medal Finals with Nazar Luginets retaining his 10m Men’s world title for the host nation. Russian teams took 3 out of 4 world titles in the 10m team events. In the Field-crossbow events Germany’s Ina Schmidt (Women’s) and Walter Hillenbrand (Senior O55’s) retained their world titles, while Croatia’s Andrej Krstinic took his first Men’s individual world title.
World Championships medal standings Match 10m & 30m events: 1. Russia 27 medals (10 gold, 6 silver, 11 bronze), 2. Switzerland 21 medals (11 gold, 5 silver, 5 bronze), 3. Germany 17 medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 9 bronze), 4. Austria 10 medals (7 silver, 3 bronze), 5. France 9 medals (1 gold, 7 silver, 1 bronze), 6. Slovenia 1 medal (gold).
World Championships medal standings Field events: 1. Croatia 19 medals (14 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze), 2. Russia 14 medals (13 silver, 1 bronze), 3. Germany 11 medals (5 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze), 4. France 7 medals (1 gold, 6 bronze), 5=. Hungary and Czech Republic 3 bronze medals each.
There were 4 new World Records (subject to ratification) in the Match-crossbow events – 10m Men’s Team : Russia (Luginets/Kamenskiy/Drjagin) 1770 rings, 10m U-23 Men’s Team: Germany (Wittman/Furst/Strobelt) 1173 rings, 10m U-23 Men (40 shots standing): Manuel Rainer Wittman GER 395 rings (Qualification) and 492 rings (Final) on his way to becoming the 2015 World Champion. Athletes on the outdoor 30m and Field-crossbow shooting ranges had to contend with windy conditions and as a result the scores were affected.
The IAU wishes to congratulate the Crossbow Union of Russia for hosting a spectacular and memorable World Championships in Ulan-Ude, the Capital City of the Republic of Buryatia. The excellent range installations at the Central Sports Stadium complex ensured that the athletes were able to perform to their best. The 30 metre Match-crossbow range was the first to be constructed outside Western Europe and will provide a legacy for the development of the sport in Russia and in Asia. Special thanks to our Russian member federation for that. In his closing speech the IAU President Charles Mechin expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Russian Crossbow Union, the City of Ulan-Ude, the world championships officials and volunteers, and, of course, the National Federations and their athletes for supporting the 18th IAU World Crossbow-shooting Championships in Ulan-Ude. CA.
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