Kentucky eleven-year-old wins world archery championship

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Not many people can claim to be the best in the world, but in London, Kentucky Savannah Philpot is just that.

The eleven-year-old recently claimed first place at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"Going into it I knew she was really nervous and I told her we're not worried about the other scores," said Savannah's father Randy Philpot. "I said we're going to focus on shooting your best score."

Savannah's score of 295 out of a possible 300, not only was tops among all elementary females, but it was the best overall score of the 2,000 female archers, in grades 4th-12th.

"I just didn't know what to do," said Savannah.

If Savannah was nervous competing against other top archers, she didn't show it. Scoring back-to-back perfect rounds to start the competition.

"I didn't know what to do because I got two 50's in the beginning. So I was all excited."

By the end of the 5th round, her dad knew she was on target to accomplish something special.

"At that time I looked back at my wife and told her, I said not only is this looking like a top finish in elementary, but she's running for overall, said Randy Philpot. "That last round she needed a 48 to put her at 295 and, she shot a 295 on the last scoring round and finished with a 295 out of 300."

In winning the competition, she made history by being the first fifth grader to win top overall female archer in the world competition.

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