ANTALYA, Turkey – After a windy start at the third stage of the Archery World Cup, Team USA found success in the team round eliminations – and you’ll be able to watch every arrow of the finals live, as the American compound teams shoot for two gold medals.
The weather – beautiful but breezy – played a significant role in Thursday’s individual eliminations, and upsets made for surprising finals matches. In Friday’s team eliminations, however, American archers boosted morale for solid victories.
The compound women’s team of Erika Jones (Grand Island, Nebraska) Christie Colin (York, Pennsylvania), and Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, Ohio) blew past Italy in the quarterfinals. In the semis, the US women took an early lead, which was solidified in the third set when Mexico failed to get all six arrows off and scored a miss. Jones, Colin and Van Natta will shoot for gold tomorrow against the Russian Federation, while Mexico will face India for bronze.
Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho), Braden Gellenthien (College Station, Texas), and Bridger Deaton (Pella, Iowa) led the compound men through straight wins to shoot for gold in the finals too.
Despite falling to the Netherlands by only a single point for the number one seed, Team USA consistently had the highest scores on the field through the 1/8th and quarterfinal eliminations. USA will battle it out with the tough team from the Netherlands for gold, while Italy will have to tackle Korea for the bronze.
The recurve men lost their first match to the Netherlands in three straight sets, while the women did not qualify as one of the top sixteen teams. During mixed team eliminations, Jennifer Hardy (Houston, Tex.) and Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Fla.) posted high scores all through the 1/8th elimination against China.
Despite keeping every arrow in the gold, the duo managed a tie and forced a shoot-off. China took the win and knocked out Team USA. A very strong team from Colombia stopped the US compound mixed team in the quarterfinals by just two points.
Don’t miss a second of the action as the US compound teams duke it out for serious hardware. Follow USA Archery on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates from the field and follow results live at http://bit.ly/antalya2014.