ENGLAND international archer Adrian DiPaola is hoping not to find out why it is harder to retain a title than win it when he flies to Johannesburg, South Africa, next month to defend his World 3D Championship crown.

"I'm looking forward to shooting against the South Africans, they have a reputation of having a high standard of shooters," DiPaola said.

He goes into the tournament in confident mood however, having enjoyed a hugely successful first half of the year, the highlight of which has been the defence of his European Bowhunter title at Old Warden, Bedfordshire from June 10-13.

Representing England at the event, DiPaola won the championships by a commanding 58 points to make it three wins in a row in the International Field Archery Association Bowhunter Championships.

That performance followed victories in the National Field Archery Society (NFAS) Scottish Championships and the NFAS UK 3D Championships.

Earlier in the year, DiPaola set a new national record to become National Indoor Champion.

June 21, 2002 12:00