USA Archers on Track for Podiums at World Cup Berlin After Qualification
The U.S. compound men's squad of Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Massachusetts), Steve Anderson (West Jordan, Utah) and Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho) ranked 1st as a team yesterday and all earned byes into tomorrow's individual matches. They took a 231-225 win over Switzerland in the first round, 233-226 win over Mexico in the quarterfinals, and a 233-228 win over India in the semifinals to continue in the gold final this weekend.
Kris Schaff (Billings, Montana), ranked 15th individually, had a bye into the second round where he went head to head with Singh of India and took a solid 148-140 win.
For the compound women, Paige Gore (Red Bluff, California) and Cassidy Cox (Albuquerque, New Mexico) ranked 3rd and 4th yesterday to pre-seed into tomorrow's matches, but Lexi Keller (Omro, Wisconsin) and Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, Ohio) were paired for a second round match this morning. The two tied with matching 140s and then tied again on the shoot-off with nines, but Keller's was closest to the center to advance.
Gore, Cox and Keller joined for the team round event in the quarterfinals with a second place seed. With an easy 229-225 win, they advanced to the semis to face South Africa and again took a strong 228-222 win to move to the gold final this weekend.
Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona) was also pre-seeded into tomorrow's competition but the remaining recurve men had early matches. Matthew Requa (Houston, Texas) was upset in the first round, while Thomas Stanwood (Raynham, Massachusetts) beat out the 31st seed Sugio of Japan 6-2 before falling 7-1 to Nguyen of Canada. Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Florida) cleared both matches with solid wins to continue tomorrow. Ellison, Requa and Kaminski cleared the first match of team rounds with a 5-3 win over Slovenia but were upset in the quarterfinals 6-0 by Russia.
Mackenzie Brown (Flint, Texas) and LaNola Shepherd (Lehi, Utah) had byes into the second round. In her World Cup debut, Eliana Claps (Everett, Washington) qualified 55th and faced Denmark's Anne Marie Laursen in the first round before falling 6-0 to 10th seed and Rio bronze medalist Lisa Unruh of Germany.
LaNola Shepherd (Lehi, Utah) had a bye into the second round where she faced Mexico's Olympic medalist Aida Roman who took the win 7-3. Ariel Gibilaro (North Branford, Connecticut) was upset early in the first round. Brown had a back and forth match but took a 6-4 win over Horackova of the Czech Republic to continue tomorrow.
Shepherd, Claps and Brown, had a tough first round team match with higher seeded Ukraine. Ukraine took the win 6-0, up just one point after each of the second and third sets.
Competition resumes tomorrow with early elimination matches. Results are available at www.worldarchery.org. The finals this weekend will be livestreamed on the Olympic Channel. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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