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Yankton Hosts International Archery Championship

August 5, 2014, 6:08 PM by Leland Steva

Yankton Hosts International Archery Championship

Archers from across the globe are in Yankton this week, to compete in the 2014 IFAA World Field Archery Championships.

The archery event runs every two years, and the host city is in the Americas every eight years. Yankton bid on the event and won the spot because of its facilities. It has now accomplished something no other city has done in the world of archery.

They might all be aiming for the same spot, but each archer has had a different journey to get to Yankton.

"So far it's been great because everyone speaks English, or some variation of it," Alex Spith of Australia said.

250 competitors from 19 different countries are taking aim at the top prize in the competition this week. There are groups of four separated based on age and what type of bow they use. They take on 28 different targets from different distances, and the person with the highest score over the week wins.

Bruce Cull, the President of the National Field Archery Association, says this area also wins for hosting the hundreds of archers.

"There's a lot of people here. We got people staying in hotels from Sioux Falls, Sioux City, to Springfield, Tyndall, Norfolk, Nebraska, the whole area. It's not even just a Yankton thing; it's a whole tri-state area thing," Cull said.

Spith is competing in his first World Field Archery Championship. He's been in Yankton for just a few days and is already impressed with the setup.

"The facilities are outstanding, absolutely outstanding. The practice range, the ranges themselves, very nice," Spith said.

Other archers say the people have been the best part of the experience.

"It's a very, very nice place. It's very quiet, but it's very nice," Eduardo Toleo of Argentina said.

Cull says that Yankton is now the bulls eye of locations for archery championships.

"There's three different disciplines we deal with. The bow hunter championships, which is 3-D animal targets.  The indoor championship and the field, and Yankton is the first in the world to have hosted all three," Cull said.

Yankton also hosted the Outdoor National Championships last week, which had archers from all 50 states.

For more information about the event, click here to visit the website.

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