Poland shocked Russia on their way to reaching the women's recurve team gold medal match ©World Archery

Poland sprung one of the biggest shocks so far at the World Indoor Archery Championships as their women’s recurve team overcame favourites Germany on their way to booking a place in the gold medal match in Ankara today.

The eighth seeded trio of Karina Lipiarska-Palka, Natalia Lesniak and Wioleta Myszor raced into a 4-0 lead over the German team, made up of top individual seed Lisa Unruh, Karina Winter and Veronika Haidn Tschalova, in the last eight, before their opponents hit back to send the contest into a tie-breaker.

Despite being the clear underdogs, Poland held their nerve and were able to edge over the winning line, claiming a 5-4 victory to progress to the semi-finals.

With the momentum behind them, the Polish trio made light work of Georgia, cruising to a comfortable 6-2 success to ensure they will go for gold tomorrow.

Poland will face Japan in the final after Tomomi Sugimoto, Kaori Kawanaka and Rina Sugibayasi sent current outdoor team champions Russia crashing out of the tournament with an emphatic 5-1 triumph in the last four.

“We definitely had some luck in the competition against the Germans,” Lesniak said.

“Two years ago in Nimes we won bronze, silver is guaranteed at this world championships in Ankara – and that’s one step higher already.

“I think we’re on the right track.”

Denmark will go for gold in both the men's and women's compound events tomorrow
Denmark will go for gold in both the men's and women's compound events tomorrow ©World Archery

The German men’s team were able to succeed where their women had failed as they beat the Ukraine 5-3.

They will entertain France for gold tomorrow after they won a dramatic shoot-off with Russia in the other semi-final.

Denmark will have the chance of earning double gold in the compound events as both their men’s and women’s teams secured their respective final berths with semi-final victories.

The men’s trio, comprised of Martin Damsbo, world champion Stephan Hansen and Patrick Laursen, will clash with Italy for the world indoor title after they ousted the French team - which featured top seed Sebastien Peineau, Jean Philippe Bouch and Fabien Delobelle - 234-233 in a closely-fought match-up.

Italy, who knocked out Russia in the last four thanks to a 235-230 success, will be their opponents in the gold medal decider.

The Danish women’s team of Erika Anear, Tanja Jensen and Sarah Holst Sonnicshen proved too strong for Italy in the semi-final and they will do battle with top seeded nation Russia, who beat the United States 234-226 in the other last four contest.