Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Monday, February 10, 2014
World champion last year at 19, Mike SCHLOESSER added three more firsts in Vegas: first perfect 900, first Vegas Shoot title and – most significantly – the first European to ever win the compound men’s crown.
Mike Schloesser: Yes! I finally did it. I shot the 900 at Vegas
A Facebook post from Mike SCHLOESSER after finishing his third perfect round of the tournament read simply: “Yes! I finally did it. I shot the 900 at Vegas.” As one of only 13 out of the 206-strong division to achieve the feat in 2014, the Dutch archer has a list of achievements that most would be jealous of at the young age of 20.
Just making the final line wasn’t enough. SCHLOESSER shot 15 arrows into the 10 to set up a two-man shoot-off against the French archer who had knocked him out – and then gone onto win – the Indoor World Cup Final, just the day before.
The pair both recorded perfect 30s with their first three arrows head-to-head. Then, in the seventh end of the shoot-off, Sebastien PEINEAU put two arrows into the 9. SCHLOESSER only let one leak out of the 10 – and the Dutch world champion had won.
In recent years, there have been European archers in the last three. Peter ELZINGA (NED) was second in 2013, Denmark’s Martin DAMSBO was there in 2011 – and in 2009 Morgan LUNDIN (SWE) was one spot away from making history. While they were close, SCHLOESSER managed what they could not – and brought Europe its first compound men’s title from Vegas.
Photo credit: World Archery