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Chiara Rebagliati has already won two world titles in this event – duet and team – and will be looking for individual gold tomorrow.
This women’s recurve final is a rematch of the World Games final held earlier this summer. Rebagliati will face Britain’s world number two (and number two seed) Bryony Pitman, with a chance to win the medals in Yankton – taking the third of three possible podium finishes.
“I’m very happy,” said Chiara. “Last year we won the European title and this year the world title, we have grown.”
Rebagliati, like her barebow teammate Cinzia Noziglia, enters Sunday afternoon’s individual final as the top seed.
The field of the finals of these championships is unusual. Installed in place of a permanent 3D archery range at the Yankton Archery Center, the first two (of four) final targets – short and then long – are shot from stakes set up on a raised platform.
The third target is flat but the fourth is elevated on a crane, which is lifted up and down to score.
“Our match really swung to the last target, which was the hardest,” said Cousins, the mixed compound team winner and an exceptionally experienced field archer. “It was a matter of experience.”
There is one day left on the program for these high-stakes championships. Cousins could win his first world title on the court since 2010 (and third in career); Paige Pearce could defend her world title, won four years ago; and Noziglia could achieve a historic treble, if she adds the world title on the court to the 3D and World Games crowns.
Competition in Yankton will conclude with individual finals on Sunday.