St. Thomas resident Nicholas D’Amour is on the verge of his third career podium after reaching the semi-finals of the 2022 European Archery Grand Prix tournament to be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
D’Amour, No. 3 in the men’s recurve division, meets seventh seeded Jeff Henckels from Luxembough in today’s semi-final. In the other semi-final, 17th-seeded Willem Bakker of the Netherlands meets 12th-seeded Efe Gurkan Maras of Turkey. The finals also take place today.
20-year-old D’Amour, who represented the US Virgin Islands at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, was a silver medalist at last year’s European Grand Prix in Turkey. He achieved his best career result last month with a silver medal at the 2022 Spring Arrows tournament, also held in Turkey.
D’Amour – currently No. 10 in the latest World Archery rankings – was third after the qualifying rounds with 673 points, just behind Italy’s Yuri Belli (675) and Turkey’s Mete Gazoz, the gold medalist at the Tokyo Games (681).
After bowing out in the first two rounds, D’Amour began a dominating run through the eliminations on Thursday. He beat 35th-ranked Samet Ak of Turkey 6-2 in the third round, Patrik Velikov of Bulgaria in the 46th round of 16 6-2 and Nicolas Bernardi of Italy in the 22nd-ranked 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
D’Amour is the highest-ranked archer remaining in the men’s recurve division, while the other three semifinalists are all causing a stir en route to the Final Four. Henckels defeated Belli 6-4 in the quarterfinals, Maras beat fourth-placed Marco Morello of Italy 6-2 in the quarterfinals, while Bakker defeated Gazoz, the world’s second-ranked archer, 6-2 in the round of 16.