Bull’s-eye! Record archery shoot

2012-08-14 00:00

SIX South African archers have set a new world record.

The team shot the longest archery marathon at the Alec Mullins sports hall at Rhodes University on Friday. But only one of them, Simon Naude, of Empangeni, will feature in the Guinness Book of Records for 2014.

Naude and five others — Marc Jacquet, originally from Pietermaritzburg, David Jackson and Christo Nel, of Grahamstown, Terrence van Moerkerken, of Cape Town, and Lance Ho began shooting at 6.30 am on Friday and finished at 6.30 pm the following day, after 36 hours.

It took the group two years to plan the record attempt. The previous record stands at 27 hours and is held by Michael Dames, also from Rhodes Archery Club.

Although they started with six archers, only three remained on the shooting line on Saturday morning.

Nel dropped out because of blisters on his hands, while Jackson and Jacquet had to stop because of muscle spasms.

The remaining three had an audience cheering for them in the last few minutes as the pop song The Final Countdown played in the background.

Only one archer’s name could count as the official record holder although all three finished.

The organisers did a raffle shoot. A sticker was put at the back of the target without anyone seeing it.

The archers then shot at the target without knowing where the spot was. The archer closest to the spot would then get his name in the Guinness Book of Records as the official record breaker. Naude shot the winning arrow.

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