12 October 2017

Namibia: Taljaard Top Namibian Youth Archer

Elizabeth Taljaard was Namibia's best performer at the World Archery Youth Championships which was recently held in Rosario, Argentina.

Competing in the Compound Junior Women's category, Taljaard finished 26th at the 50m distance with a score of 653. She beat Nora Valdez of Colombia 135-133 in the first round of eliminations, before losing 138-135 to Fernanda Zepeda of Mexico.

Duan Engelbrecht also did well, finishing 30th in the Compound Cadet Men's category with a score of 667 at the 50m distance.

He beat Hugo Rollan Fernandez of Spain 134-131 in the first round of eliminations, but lost 141-131 against Ethan Merril of the United States in the second round of eliminations.

Dirk de Bod finished 32nd in the Compound Cadet Men's category at the 50m distance with a score of 666. He beat Marcus Arlefur-Wällstedt of Sweden in the first round of eliminations, but lost by one point to Bryan Alvardo Fernandez of Puerto Rico (136-135).

Christiaan Louw finished 37th in the Compound Cadet Men's category at the 50m distance with a score of 663. He lost his elimination round 135-132 against Mathia Fullerton of Denmark.

In the Recurve Cadet Women's category, Quinn Reddig came 78th at the 60m distance with a score of 576, losing 6-2 to Inga Pever of the United States.

In the Recurve Cadet Men's category, Adriaan Grobler came 104th at the 60m distance with a score of 593, losing 6-2 to Cheremiskin Stanislav of Russia, while CF Brandt came 105th at the 60m distance with a score of 588, but did not make the elimination rounds.

"Our archers had to compete in severe rain storms and gusting winds of up to 45km per hour to secure the spots and did our country proud in this prestigious international competition," the Archery Association of Namibia said in a press release.

"They are our hope for future medals at the next World Youth Championships. The next international competition for Namibia's junior and cadet archers will be an African Olympic Qualifier being held in Algeria in June 2018," it added.

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