Two decades on from his first world field title, Dave Cousins topped the podium once again – and for the third time in his career – as he joined Cinzia Noziglia, David Jackson, Chiara Rebagliati, Florian Unruh and Paige Pearce as the individual winners at the 2022 World Archery Field Championships in Yankton, South Dakota, USA.
Cousins beat reigning outdoor World Archery Champion Nico Wiener by three points in the compound men’s final.
“It’s a really long path to get to the final for one of these. This is a process for us that started back in May with the team trials, then all summer thinking about this and physically working and from a technical aspect,” said the 45-year-old, visibly emotional after being announced the winner.
“Yeah, it’s just been a long journey.”
Cousins pulled ahead a point on the first target, a 15-metre downhill bunny, then earned another on the second, a 50-metre big face. The match was all but done after the first arrow of the fourth target, Cousins’ experience evident as he nailed a perfect on the 35-metre shot, hoisted up towards the clouds on a crane.
This match was tighter than the final in 2018 (and the pair were easily the highest-scoring of all the compounders today, both beating Cousins’ second-best total by five to tie at 70 points apiece). Pearce needed a perfect last target to force the tiebreak.
“I’m still totally shaking, I can’t believe it worked out that way. But I wouldn’t expect anything less from Toja, she’s amazing,” said Paige after her max-score shoot-off arrow was measured closer to the middle of the target.
“Field is my favourite part of archery. This title means more to me than any of them.”