Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wise Well on Target in Tokyo Games Bid; ARCHERY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wise Well on Target in Tokyo Games Bid; ARCHERY

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ALEX Wise is on top of the world - after firing himself a step closer to next year's Olympic Games, writes TONY HODGSON.

The 18-year-old recurve archer from Newcastle helped Great Britain secure six archery squad places available for Tokyo with a superb performance at the Hyundai World Championships in Holland.

Wise and team-mates Patrick Huston and Tom Hall shot competition bests for the ranking rounds in 's-Hertogenbosch to seed eighth.

That gave them a bye directly into the second round and an Olympic quota match-up against Furukawa Takaharu, Kuraya Tomoaki and Muto Hiroki of Japan.

The British men shot three sets of 57, 56 and 54 points to Japan's 54, 55 and 53 to win in straight sets.

Wise said: "We did really well - the team recorded ts highest ever score and finished seventh overall.

"We lost to Korea in the quarterfinals, which was no disgrace as they are regarded as the top nation in the sport.

"We certainly did not regard that as a disappointment and it helped us qualify for the three spaces available in the GB team for Tokyo. "We knew we had to do well to book those places so the atmosphere at the competition was electric.

"I am now in the frame to make the GB squad for Tokyo when the selection process is undertaken early next year but I still have plenty of work to do to get there."

Making the Games would be the fulfilment of a dream for Wise, who has already enjoyed great success in his burgeoning archery career.

He is curerently part of the GB squad contesting the second European Games in Minsk.

2018 was a memorable year for Wise, crowned by him striking gold at the Hyundai World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, in May.

A month earlier, he had been included in the nine-man Great Britain squad for the World Archery Cup in Shanghai.

One of four male recurve archers to represent his country, Wise finished a creditable 57th. …

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