Lopez’ winning streak survives Antalya beach

18 June 2016
Antalya (TUR)
World number one Sara Lopez has not lost an individual match at a world event since Copenhagen 2015.

Sara Lopez extended her winning streak for yet another event by taking compound women’s gold in Antalya. She beat the USA’s Dahlia Crook 144 points to 141, plus took mixed team gold with partner Camilo Cardona.

The 21-year old Colombian archer struggled with the Antalya temperature ahead of her finals matches.

“I nearly passed out because of the heat here today, but many people – the GBR and the Dutch teams – helped me with some ice,” she said. 

Sara, whose last lost match was the semifinal of the World Archery Championships in Copenhagen in 2015, built up a five-point advantage over the first nine arrows of the match. She hit cruise control for the last six, and settled for a three-point win and another gold medal.

“I always wanted to be like Albina Loginova and Reo Wilde, that no matter what even if I lose or I win, that people see me and say ‘oh, look, there’s Sara Lopez’,” she said. “I want this year to continue the way it is. My biggest challenge will be my third World Cup title.”

With gold at stage three of the 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup, Sara becomes only the second person to win every stop on the tour in a year. The first (and only other person) to do it was – one of the people Sara wanted to be like – Reo Wilde in 2012.

(Others have won three in a season, but in years that featured four stages.)

Dahlia Crook, with silver, took her first senior medal. Had she been able to upset the world number one, Dahlia – at 16 – would have become the youngest Hyundai Archery World Cup stage winner in its history. 

“In China and Colombia things didn’t go quite how it was planned, so it was very cool just to be able to work my way here. I think today was surreal,” said Dahlia. “It was a great experience.”

Lopez and Cardona’s gold medal match in the mixed team competition came down to the last arrow.

Leading the British team by one with four arrows left to shoot, the Colombian pair put down nines – and Great Britain levelled things up. Adam Ravenscroft and Daisy Clark couldn’t find the 10 with their last shots, while Lopez did. Cardona needed a nine to win the match – and that’s what he found: 151-150.