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Dutch title beginning of great summer

Monday, August 13, 2018

For Jody Vermeulen (24) the summer of 2018 is one not to be forgotten. Vermeulen crowned herself as Dutch champion compound, set a world record with Mike Schloesser at the Archery World Cup in Berlin and for the first time in her career she reached the finals of a world cup tournament. Vermeulen: "After the Dutch championships, it started to go well" 

The good feeling wasn’t there immediately at the start of the season. However Vermeulen won a bronze medal as a compound team together with Sanne de Laat and Martine Couwenberg at the World Cup in Shanghai in April, at the World Cup in Antalya at the end of May she failed to reach her desired level. The sign for Vermeulen to change a few things and to work even harder than before. "After Antalya I opted for another spine. Also I started shooting with another bow. My two bows are almost the same, but at that moment it just felt better to continue with my reserve bow. Because I was just finished graduating at that moment, I could also start training more. That has paid off.""

Dutch champion

In the qualifications of the Dutch championships in Schijndel, Vermeulen scored a total of 703 points. A new Dutch record. The sign for Vermeulen that it was good. "I really wanted to shoot over 700 points this season. That is a magical limit in archery. I am the first Dutch lady who has ever done this and even in other countries I think there are only a few women", says Vermeulen, who secured her first Dutch title beating Sandra van der Looij in the final (145-139). "I really wanted to become Dutch champion. That was actually my main goal for this season. Especially after being second a few times. That it happened on the spot where the World Cup will take place next year, made it even more great.” 

World record and silver medal

After winning the Dutch championships, Vermeulen went to Berlin for her third World Cup of the season. In the qualifications she set a high score with a total of 697 points. So high that she established a new world record as a compound mixed team together with Mike Schloesser. Vermeulen continued to achieve a high level in the remainder of the tournament, with a place in the final and a beautiful silver medal as the end result. "I never expected to get into the finals. I secretly hoped to finish at the last sixteen at a world cup competition this season. After I had achieved that goal, I had nothing more to lose and I just started shooting free of stress. Of course I would have liked to win the final, but it was already very cool to be there at the highest stage.”

The summer is not over yet for Vermeulen and can become even better On August 19 she is one of the finalists of the Lowlands Shootout and from August 27 to September 1 she is part of the Dutch team at the European Championships in Legnica (Poland). "Hopefully I can hold on my level to end my season well.” " 
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