US Recurve Men Through to Gold Medal Final at World Championships
BELEK-ANTALYA, Turkey – The
trio of Brady Ellison (Chula Vista, Calif.), Joe Fanchin (Oceanside, Calif.)
and Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Fla.) were Team USA heroes at the World Archery
Championships this afternoon. Following a morning of tough competition in winds reportedly gusting from 60-80 km/h, the
recurve men had a major turnaround, coming from a low seed to dominate the team
They began inverting the
brackets by upsetting Australia in the 1/8th, plowing over the
Ukraine in the quarterfinals, and then narrowly defeating France in the
semifinals to earn their berth to the gold medal match later this week. The US men picked up two points
in the first set against France, and retained a small lead throughout the entire match to clinch the
The men will shoot for the
world title against the team from the Netherlands, who upset Korea today, posting
high scores in the semifinals to send Korea to the bronze match against France.
The recurve women
struggled through their first match, dropping two 4s in the third set and two
lower-scoring arrows in their final set against Denmark; the U.S. recurve women's team will settle for a ninth-place finish for this event. Korea will face the No.
14 seed, Belarus for gold and Mexico will battle Denmark for bronze.
These team results followed difficult losses across the board in individual
eliminations this morning. The greatest archery talents around the world
achieved remarkably high scores during qualifications, which created close
point totals and unexpected rankings to shake up expectations for brackets in
each division. Then incredibly low scores started to appear in matches early
this morning, with "tornado like" winds the culprit of shocking
match results for Team USA.
eliminations in the morning, Braden Gellenthien (College Station, Tex.)
survived the longest through difficult shooting conditions. His eventual demise
came in the quarterfinals in his match against Alexander Dambaev (NED), who had
upset No. 1 seed, Jesse Broadwater (Jennerstown, Penn.) in the previous match.
Joe Fanchin earned the
greatest triumph of a difficult day. Despite a 71st place seed,
Fanchin fired high scores to upset Cevdet Demiral (TUR) and then defeat
Baasanjav Dolgorsuren (MGL). In three straight sets, Fanchin retired No. 10
seed, Sjef Van Den Berg (NED) to advance before Jay Lyon (CAN) stopped him in a
five-set 1/8th match. The round of sixteen also
witnessed Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, Calif.) exit the competition after
three sets against No.3 seed, Chang Hye Jin (KOR).
Perhaps the most
surprising upset of the competition was Ellison’s elimination in his 1/24th
match. Three straight sets of fair scores from number 56 ranked Alexander Liahushev (BLR)
knocked the World Cup Final bronze medalist right out. No. 1 world ranked archers Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.) and Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho) were
eliminated in unanticipated 1/16th matches determined by reportedly "hideous" wind that
caused both archers surprisingly low scoring arrows. Jake Kaminski also conceded his loss to
Jean-Charles Valladont (FRA) after five sets in the 1/16th.
USA’s Carli Cochran
(Willow Street, Penn.) and Miranda Leek (College Station, Tex.) battled
fiercely in the 1/24th rounds, but both came up short after very
close sets rotating leads. Jennifer Hardy (Sheyenne, Wyo.) also put up a
valiant fight in her five set 1/48th match, but a single point gap
in her final set ended her race. Gabrielle Cyr (Falmouth, Maine), the youngest
competitor on the US team, was defeated as well, despite two 30s in a strong
tomorrow with compound team eliminations. Follow the action with live scores
beginning at 2 a.m. Eastern U.S.
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