The Vegas stage was set for the largest and most impressive shootdown in history, with a first-ever 28-man compound open final that took 15 ends to decide a champion. Shooting the Elite Archery Verdict, Jacob Marlow (900, 81x) hit 43 center x’s in a row, battling arrow for arrow against the champion from Denmark to take second on a close liner decision.
“Vegas is the truest test of your equipment, based on precision and performing under pressure - there’s no way to compete there without complete trust in your equipment, which is why I choose Elite,” Marlow said. “I was gunning for that top spot, but I’m thrilled with how I shot for the weekend and am proud to have secured a podium spot amongst the best archers in the world.”
Elite Archers qualifying for the final show were Richard Bowen shooting a Verdict (900, 73x), Lewis Holmes shooting an Ethos (900, 81x), Christian Clark shooting a Verdict (900, 80x), and Lawson Veit shooting a Verdict (900, 81x). Nick Kappers (899, 84x) and his Verdict shot off against 39 other competitors to secure the Lucky Dog position to be the 28th man.
“The talent in this game is unprecedented – to have close to 100 archers from around the world shoot perfect or nearly perfect games over the course of three days is unreal, and to have six Elite Archery athletes on the final stage is incredible,” said Darrin Christenberry, pro staff manager. “Jacob continues to consistently prove over the years that he is one of the best in the world, having great success in these high-pressure world indoor events and outdoor on the 3D range – the entire Elite team is proud to have him representing in blue.”
With more than 4,300 pre-registered archers and more than 6,000 spectators in attendance, The Vegas Shoot announced its venue change for 2025, which will offer more space to accommodate the rapidly growing competition.Marlow and the rest of the Team Elite head back to their home ranges to prepare for 3D season with the first Archery Shooters Association (ASA) shoot scheduled for the end of February, soon followed by NFAA’s Indoor Nationals.