Danielle Wentzel has become the first South African to win a stage the Hyundai Archery World Cup beating her opponent by a hair-raising three points.
Antalya, Turkey – Danielle Wentzel has made history for South Africa in Turkey. The 24-year-old South African from Pretoria is in Turkey for the Hyundai Archery World Cup. She recently won a stage in the World Cup making her the first South African to win a stage at the Archery event.
Danielle took the final by three points, 144-141 against Alexis Ruiz from the USA. She now has a better shot with this win earning herself a spot at the final in Moscow this September.
“I was so nervous shooting that first arrow. And the second. I’ve always wanted to shoot on the beach here in Antalya, and I’m really happy that I can say I did,”
She is very proud of her achievement and says that her consistency is what helped her win the stage.
“It’s a great feeling. I’m really happy with how I performed this tournament. Everything was just consistent. I shot consistently and I performed well.”
“When I shot the last end, I knew I had to just keep it up and then I could take it,”
Danielle could hear Alexis Ruiz shooting but forced herself to focus on her own side. Alexis managed to score well on points meaning she too will be at the final in Moscow.
“I knew what she was shooting because I could hear it. But I was just trying to focus on my own shot routine, just trying to make it happen.”
We are holding our thumbs for Danielle and know no matter what, she will make South Africa proud!