Antalya, June 12, 2014: After two stages of the 2014 Archery World Cup, World Archery has named the women’s winners of the new Longines Prize for Precision – Stage Awards.
Mexican Olympic silver medallist Aida ROMAN won the recurve women’s award at the first Archery World Cup stage in Shanghai, before World Games Champion Erika JONES from the USA took the compound women’s prize at the Medellinevent.
New for 2014, the Longines Prize for Precision – Stage Award is presented to the athlete in a single category who shoots the highest number of 10s during qualification and eliminations matches at each stop on the Archery World Cup tour. A different division competes for the prize at each stage, with the winning athlete receiving an elegant Longines watch.
Aida ROMAN shot 53 arrows into the 10 – the centre ring on an archery target – six more than her nearest competitor in Shanghai, home athlete XU Jing of China, while picking up bronze in the individual competition.
Two-time compound women’s world champion from Russia Albina LOGINOVA was second to Erika JONES in Medellin, 89 10s to the States archer’s 96, after losing to her in a one-arrow shoot-off in the semifinals. JONES went on to win gold.
“While my focus was on winning the event, I knew I could not afford to relax in the final after a good start,” said Erika: “Every 10 counts.”
The Longines Prize for Precision – Stage Award continues with the recurve men in Antalya this week and compound men in Wroclaw at the start of August.
Longines will award the annual Prize for Precision at the 2014 Archery World Cup Final on 6/7 September in Lausanne. The recurve man and recurve woman who shot the highest number of 10s over the Archery World Cup season will each receive a Longines watch and 5,000- CHF prize money.
The Longines Prize for Precision was launched in 2010 and is awarded to recurve and compound athletes in alternate years. Past winners have included Olympic Champion KI Bo Bae from Korea, and United States archers Brady ELLISONand Erika JONES. The USA has won six of the eight prizes over the last four years.
Walter VON KÄNEL, President of Longines, said: “Longines’ long tradition of supporting excellence in sport has led to this new Longines Prize for Precision – Stage Award. It celebrates the most accurate, precise and impressive archery athletes on the international circuit throughout the year. We are proud to support a sport which represents the values cherished by our brand – tradition, elegance and performance”
World Archery President and International Olympic Committee Executive Board member Prof Dr Ugur ERDENER said: “Aida ROMAN and Erika JONES were the two most accurate archers over the first two Archery World Cup stages in Shanghai and Medellin, and are two of our most successful and well-known active female athletes. It is only fitting that they receive these brand new stage precision awards from our partner Longines – an initiative built on our shared values of precision, tradition and elegance.” —- WA