One Colombian after another: LOPEZ inherits World Cup title from USQUIANO
JONES won Istanbul in 2011, but for the last two years she’s been denied the World Cup crown – thanks to Colombia’s emergence on the compound women’s circuit.
Erika – who is still only 25 but has been in the national senior team since 2002 – was world number one since July last year, until Sara LOPEZ ascended into pole position just a few weeks ago. Sara won her second stage silver of the season at Wroclaw.
World record holder for the 50 metre 15-arrow match, LOPEZ hadn’t shot to her levels in a medal match so far this season. She had equipment difficulties in Shanghai and lost the Wroclaw gold in a shoot-off.
She found her game at the right time: in time for the gold medal match at Lausanne 2014.
“It's my birthday so this is what I wanted as a present,” AVDEEVA let slip. “It’s a wonderful place and people. I can’t quite explain how I am feeling at this moment.”
After winning her bronze, the Russian rightly predicted Sara LOPEZ would win the next match and World Cup crown this year. “Maybe next year I can come over for the gold medal myself,” she added laughing.
But LOPEZ had to dig deep to overcome the final hurdle: JONES. The match was fierce. Drawn after the first end, a one-point advantage in Sara’s favour after six arrows then level again after nine, LOPEZ cleaned the back six shots.
Five 29s – one nine an end – wouldn’t cut it.
One year after losing World Cup Final gold to Colombia’s Alejandra USQUIANO, Erika JONES found herself on the losing end of a final against Colombia’s Sara LOPEZ.
“Wow,” Sara exploded! “This is something I’ve been looking forward to for so long. It was the last dream on my list: be the best in the world, have world records, be in the finals and win it!”
LOPEZ will need to start writing a new list.