Tomatsu builds on world indoor silver with gold at Asia Cup in Bangkok
Seventeen-year-old Japanese archer Daisuke Tomatsu beat Thomas Chirault of France to recurve men’s gold at the first stage of the 2018 Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand – his second major medal in less than a month after finishing second at the World Archery Indoor Championships in February.
“Since it was a silver at the world indoors, I really wanted to win the gold this time around,” said Tomatsu. “But I’m still not satisfied. I will work hard to aim higher and finish in even better positions.”
“Transferring from indoor to outdoor was a different feeling, but my coaches gave good advice and support and able to arrive in Bangkok in great condition, both mentally and technically.”
Tomatsu (666) was the third-seeded archer in Bangkok, finishing just a point behind leader Chirault (667) over the 72-arrow 70-metre ranking round.
Chirault started with a perfect 30-point set in the final, but then shot two 26s and two 27s for the last four; Tomatsu averaged 28 points a set, and took victory, 7-3.
The French archer did win mixed team gold with partner Melanie Gaubil.
Vietnam delivered a shock defeat to Russia in the compound mixed team final, but Alexander Dambaev secured individual men’s gold.
The first stage of the 2018 Asia Cup ran 3-8 March in Bangkok, Thailand.