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Elder shoots gold

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FIJI'S ace shooter Robert Elder played an instrumental role in helping the international archery team win gold at the 71st New Zealand National Championship at the Mercury Bay Archery Club ground, Whitianga, New Zealand, last week.

The side, laced with top players from New Zealand and Hong Kong, edged Team Australia 210-208.

The international side, known as TBC, trailed Australia in the gold and silver medal playoff when Elder stepped up to the mark and shot his final arrow to hand his team victory despite the windy and hot weather conditions.

Under the old world archery rules of accumulative points, Elder shot a 10 to settle the score.

Tahiti won the bronze medal.

A total of 34 teams competed in the team event.

Elder finished in the top seven overall in a field of 200 achers.

Fiji Archery Association thanked the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee and the Fiji Sports Commission for assisting in the funding of the trip.

Team Fiji manager Monika Elder said development squad member Kavitesh Sharma, who was also part of the team, improved his scores but fell short of a personal best.

She said Elder was already trying to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

"This is Elder's first International World Ranking competition and also his first step towards trying to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio," she said.

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