Korean stars Kim Woojin and An San were knocked off the top of the Sanlida World Archery Ranking when the latest lists were released earlier this week.
Taking Woojin’s place, former world champion Brady Ellison.
In place of triple Olympic gold medallist An San is 25-year-old Bryony Pitman, who has become the first British recurve archer in the World Cup-era to hold the number one spot in the world rankings.
“Getting to world number one was one of my career goals so to say I’ve done that now is amazing,” said Pitman.
“It was a great year for me in target and field and it’s nice to see the work I‘m putting in paying off.”
The calculation for the world rankings was changed to include field and indoor archery competitions, as well as outdoor, for the first time at the end of 2022.
“I’m probably one of only a handful of people at the moment that has all seven [possible] events,” continued Pitman.
“The new system works in my favour because I like shooting outdoor, indoor and especially field.”
“The rankings are still weighted towards major target events… but I think it’s important that archery who excel indoor and at field now have an opportunity to climb the ranking list, too.”