D’Amour wins silver at 2022 Kahraman Bagatir Spring Arrows Archery Tournament

Coach Goktug Ergin of Turkey congratulates Nicholas on his 6-2 win over Olympic champion Mete Gazoz of Turkey in the second round. (photo sent)

After finishing third at the Lancaster Indoor Classic and a second place at the Vegas Shoot 2022, Nicholas D’Amour returns to the podium for the third time this year, winning a silver medal at the Kahraman Bagatir Spring Arrows Archery Tournament in Antalya, Turkey .

D’Amour finished second out of 30 elite archers in his division, mostly from Europe, in the opening round of the world rankings ahead of the start of the World Cup season next week. This was the first outdoor 70m world ranking event of the season in Europe.

In the qualifying round, he qualified 17th with a score of 662. He had a slow first half but a great second half in the qualifying round. Fighting his way through the group, he beat Olympic champion Mete Gazoz of Turkey 6-2 in the second round. This tournament had several Olympians on the field. He faced three of them as he worked through his end of the table and into the final.

The Virgin Islands flag flies in Antalya, Turkey, with a silver medal for Nicholas D’Amour and a return to the podium. (photo sent)

D’Amour earned a spot in Sunday’s gold medal game against Florian Unruh of Germany. Unruh is an Olympian and ranked 9th in the world. In a close match, D’Amour lost to Unruh 7-3. This was a return visit to the podium for D’Amour in Antalya. He won a silver medal at the European Grand Prix in 2021 on this same ground, his first international podium.

He will now turn his attention to the World Cup Series. D’Amour will continue training in Turkey next week. After another week of training, he will kick off his World Cup campaign with Stage 1 in Antalya, Turkey (April 18-24). He will then compete in Stage 2 in Gwangju, South Korea (May 16-22), Stage 3 in Paris, France (June 20-26) and Stage 4 in Medellin, Colombia (July 18-24).

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Earnest A. Martinez