Compounders Score Six Medals at World Youth Championships
WUXI, China – Finals began this morning at the World Archery
Youth Championships with compound archers competing for eight medals. Clear
standouts at this competition, the US’s rising stars climbed the podium
repeatedly, proving Team USA will not budge as a powerhouse force in the
The compound ladies struck gold, with both the cadet and
junior teams winning world titles. The junior squad of Kailey Johnston (Dublin,
Ga.), Paige Pearce (Red Bluff, Calif.), and Lexi Keller (Omro, Wis.) took an
early lead in their final match against the Russian Federation and retained
their hold through all four sets to easily capture the gold.
Johnston and Pearce faced each other head-to-head for the
individual bronze medal, guaranteeing a US win. The match went back and forth,
with Pearce taking the lead after the first and third sets, but Johnston tied
it up at the second and fourth sets and ultimately was the victor with a
perfect 30 finish.
The cadet ladies also won team gold in their match-up with
the Russian Federation. The defending champion team starred Emily Fischer
(Corpus Christi, Tex.), Sonia Taniguchi (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Danielle
Reynolds (Gilbert, Ariz.). Opening the match with a 59-53 lead, the US stomped
any chance the team from Russia had at gold. They held their position to win
finishing with a massive point gap and strong grip on the world title.
Taniguchi then faced a rematch against the Russian
Federation’s Alexandra Savenkova. Although Taniguchi opened with a 30, she soon
lost her lead and Savenkova took the win leaving Taniguchi with the silver.
Savenkova’s tie for the world record and first place qualification score
earlier this week place her in ranks as a top contender to look out for on the
up and coming archery scene.
Reynolds shot against Maja Orlic (CRO) for the bronze, also
opening with an intimidating perfect 30, but dropped points in the last three
sets. Orlic took the win by only two points.
The compound junior men, Alex Wifler (Chicago, Ill.),
Bridger Deaton (Pella, Iowa) and Danny Button (Monona, Wis.) scored two new
world records this week, first for highest ever team qualification score, and
then broke the head-to-head record as well. Although an intimidating force, the
US opened with a low score and a four-point deficit. They closed the gap
through the rest of the match, finishing with a perfect 60, but it was not
enough to stop Mexico from grabbing the title.
Wifler, new to the compound scene, joined seasoned archer,
Johnston in the mixed team event. The duo shot against Colombia for the gold.
Emerging untouchable, Sara Lopez (COL) led her teammate to the win. The US
posted a strong lead in the first three sets, but slipped with a final eight,
losing the match by a single point.
The cadet men’s team of Chris Bee (Hartland, Mich.), Justin
Dixon (Yoakum, Tex.), Tyson Walker Pruitte (Hamlet, N.C.), also faced Mexico,
this time for the bronze. While Team USA took another early lead with an
impressive start, a low third set cost them the win, again by only one point.
These close matches show the incredible level of talent on
the field and in the future of this sport. New players have emerged as heavy
hitters joining, or soon to join the senior stage. The US has clearly
identified itself as one of these players with new world records and lots of
Competition resumes tomorrow with recurve finals, where the
junior men’s team will compete to regain the world title for the first time in
twenty years. Watch live scores at http://www.worldarchery.org/en-us/worldchampionships/youth-wuxi2013/livecommentaries.aspx
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