In 2019, The Vegas Shoot took place on February 8-10 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A total of 3,767 archers from 50 countries across the globe took part – making it the biggest edition of the largest indoor archery tournament in the world to date.
Competitors from all 50 States of the US and 50 countries competed across 27 divisions. There were 221 more competitors than in 2018, breaking the record again.
1,316 in one flight
Of those 3,767 archers, an incredible 1,316 shot in the compound flights, making it the most popular division in terms of entries.
28 perfect 900s
Twenty-three men in the compound open division shot perfect 900s for the three days of competition. Joined by Frenchman PJ Deloche, who won the 37-strong lucky dog shoot off, they made up the largest shootdown in the history of the headline event at the Vegas Shoot.
In the end, it was Sergio Pagni who claimed the $53,000 grand prize and his second title in four years. Pagni previously became the first Lucky Dog to ever win The Vegas Shoot when he claimed the title back in 2016 at the event’s 50th anniversary.
Compound Young Adults Connor Sears and Trevor Silverson, and Compound Senior Keith Trail also scored 900s.
Compound women's Sara Lopez and So Chaewon also joined the list.
Two perfect women
Sara Lopez of Colombia and So Chaewon of Korea became the fourth and fifth women to ever shoot perfect 900s in 53-year history of The Vegas Shoot.
It was also the first time the Compound Women’s Championship event had a shoot-off between two 900 shooters, with Lopez winning after scoring 29 points to Chaewon’s 28 in the first end.
First Indoor Archery World Series Finals
World Archery launched the Indoor Archery World Series in 2018, with the tour visiting Strassen in Luxembourg; Macao in China; Rome in Italy; Nimes in France and Las Vegas in the USA.
The first two days of the Vegas Shoot 2019 served as the event’s last qualifying stage and its grand finale took place on Saturday evening in the main Championship arena.
The USA’s Kris Schaff and Russia’s Viktoria Balzhanova won the compound title, and Dutchman Steve Wijler and Korean woman Sim Yeji were victorious in the recurve events.
First Pro-Am Exhibition
Archers from Break the Barriers shot with professionals from all around the world in the first Inclusive Pro-Am Exhibition on Friday night, after the first day of competition concluded.
One professional archer was teamed up with two archers from Break the Barriers to shoot a 15-arrow Vegas round for qualification before head-to-heads decided the top three teams.
Two-time Vegas Champion Jesse Broadwater, who secured the first place with Jared Schmidt and Jennifer Lewis, said: “It was awesome. When I first heard about it, I thought ‘it’s going to be cool’ but now that I have shot in it, I can’t wait to do it again next year. All these guys are awesome, the way they shoot with their disabilities gives other people hope out there.”