“All matches are important and it always feels nice to win: this final, however, felt even more important, mostly because my opponent was reallt good”. Anton Bulaev, gold medal in the Men’s individual compound, is satisfied with the achieved result in his second Universiade after Taipei 2017.
“I am going to participate in just one more Universiade, perhaps,” he announces as he is being surrounded by his newfound supporters. Everybody is asking for a selfie with him on the green lawns of the Royal Palace of Caserta, whose neoclassical façade served as the picturesque setting for all Compound final matches on July 12th.
Not even the rain was able to stop the competition, ending in a tie at the very last. The decisive arrow was shot by the Russian athlete himself, a 22 year old, blue eyed young man who was able to defeat his Turkish opponent, Muhammad Yetim, who already won a gold medal with fellow teammate Suleyman Araz in Men’s team archery.