The second stage of the Indoor Archery World Cup is due to get underway in Bangkok tomorrow after a set of surprising results during the opening event of the season in Marrakech last month.
Despite her dramatic win to take gold in the first World Cup event in Morocco, Mexico’s Aida Roman will not be taking part in the second round at the U Convention Hall in Thailand's capital following her team’s decision to not send a squad to this round of the competition
This leaves the field open for the South Korean team, who performed brilliantly at the 2016 Summer Olympics, finishing top of the medals table and who dominated the Asian Championships, which finished in Dhaka yesterday.
Most of the players who enjoyed that Olympic and Asian Championships success have not been sent to Thailand, leaving American Mackenzie Brown, currently ninth in the world rankings, as the favourite to take the gold.
Much like the women’s draw, the men’s recurve event also lacks a large number of the world’s top players.
Having said that, the men’s champion in Marrakech, Matteo Fissore of Italy, will be looking to cement his place at the top of the overall leader board with another gold medal in Bangkok.
His closest challenger is likely to be world number five, American Brady Ellison.
Prior to the first event in Marrakech, France’s Sebastien Peineau and Stephan Hansen of Denmark, the world number one, were the favourites for the men’s compound, but they failed to live up to their billing as Braden Gellenthien of the United States took gold.
This, however, was not a total surprise as Gellenthien is the world number two.
The 31-year-old American will be one of the favourites for the event in Bangkok but he can expect some tough competition, particularly from Hansen.
Belgium’s Sarah Prieels reacted well to her drop to sixth in the world rankings last time out as she took the women’s compound title.
Her opponent Paige Pearce-Gore of the US will feel she could have won the title in Marrakech after losing a shootout following a 147-147 tie.
Given her low ranking of 50th in the world, the 22-year-old American will feel that she has missed a huge opportunity to claim her first World Cup title and is unlikely to be in contention in Thailand.
The favourite will undoubtedly be world number one Sarah Sonnichsen of Denmark, looking to bounce back from her quarter-final loss in Marrakech.
The event starts with a qualification round at 8:30am tomorrow with the knockout rounds and finals due to be completed on Sunday (December 3).