American Steve Marsh lands his first World Cup podium with bronze in Gwangju
May 21, 2022
GWANGJU, Korea — In his rookie season on the Archery World Cup circuit, Steve Marsh made a name for himself by winning bronze while upsetting the reigning world champion in his second appearance on stage. For the 26-year-old from Littleton, Colorado, who runs an archery shop with his family, this achievement is huge.
“I really want to get to more World Cups. It’s what I’ve been working towards for so long,” Marsh said. reality for me. Everyone at home is going to be thrilled.
Marsh, who finished 33rd on his World Cup debut in Antalya last month, rose through the ranks from a 12and place the top seed in Gwangju to earn a spot in the final four and a chance to compete on TV on the big stage.
Going up against Netherlands world number one Mike Schloesser, Marsh was the picture of calm. While it took him an arrow more than Schloesser to find the middle, Marsh held on with two perfect 30s in the second and third sets to hold the gap to a single point. Gusty winds stunned both archers in the fourth set and Marsh managed to keep the match even until the last arrows, finishing 143-145 to advance to the bronze final.
There, Marsh met world target, field and 3D champion Nico Weiner of Austria. Despite an initial 28-29 deficit, Marsh held on and took the lead in the second set 57-56. He continued to widen the gap and finished with a perfect 30 to seal his 145-141 win.
Marsh commented on his experience on the big stage: “It wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be, but there was definitely some nervousness. It was very different from anything I had done before. The pace was a little faster than I expected and then the wind was brutal. I’m not used to suffering from that kind of wind and not being able to drop or anything. . My penultimate arrow knocked me off target with just a few seconds left, but that was good.
Competition wraps up tomorrow in Gwangju with the recurve finals where USA will shoot for mixed team gold against Germany live on the Olympic Channel. The results are available on archery.sport. Photos courtesy of World Archery.