Archer bet­ter for Cup ex­pe­ri­ence

For­mer top ju­nior takes aim

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua archer Jeremy Hol­lis over­came hu­mid­ity and nerves to post a good fin­ish at his first World Cup event last month.

The 18-year-old, who was pre­vi­ously the coun­try’s top ju­nior and fin­ished third in the men’s re­curve at the se­nior na­tion­als in Jan­uary, said his World Cup de­but at the Shang­hai tour­na­ment went as well as he could have hoped.

‘‘You never know how things are go­ing to go at this top level un­til you try,’’ he said.

‘‘I was pretty thrilled with my re­sults.’’

Hol­lis said the smells, sounds and heat of Shang­hai took some get­ting used to, but two days of prac­tice in the out­door sta­dium where the World Cup event was held stead­ied his nerves.

Com­pet­ing in China along­side five other New Zealand com­peti­tors also helped him to set­tle down.

‘‘ When you’re stand­ing on that line ready to shoot, with some of the best com­peti­tors in the world, there’s al­ways go­ing to be nerves.

‘‘My first cou­ple of shots were a bit shaky side, but I got over that quickly.’’

Af­ter fin­ish­ing 96th out of 127 archers in qual­i­fy­ing, Hol­lis was paired against a Mex­i­can com­peti­tor, ranked 17th in the field.

The Porirua archer won six sets to four, in­clud­ing one set where he nailed a per­fect 30 points.

Hav­ing his com­pa­tri­ots sup­port­ing his ev­ery shot eased some of the pres­sure, Hol­lis said.

In the next round he lost 6-4 to a North Korean archer. It was a close-run thing, be­cause one set was de­cided by a soli­tary point.

His scores, and the de­feat of his Mex­i­can op­po­nent in round one, meant he fin­ished in a tie for 33rd over­all.

Hol­lis was happy with his form and be­lieved it would hold him in good stead as he looked to­wards the in­door na­tion­als, at Te Rau­paraha Arena in Au­gust.

Hol­lis’ club, Mana Archery Club, will host the na­tions.

‘‘I’m still aim­ing for the 2020 [Tokyo] Olympics and you have to go to a lot World Cup events be­fore that to make the grade.

‘‘I’ve got a bit of time in front me, so this trip to Shang­hai was im­por­tant.

‘‘It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I now know a lit­tle bit about the pres­sure you face at that level. I’m pretty com­fort­able with it.’’

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