Team USA Clinches Double Silver
at Antalya World Cup Team USA Clinches Double Silver at Antalya World Cup

ANTALYA, Turkey – Konyaalti Beach provided a beautiful, if treacherous, backdrop for the finals of the second stage of the Archery World Cup – with wind gusts causing even the world’s best archers to occasionally miss their marks. Team USA battled against fierce competitors in these difficult winds for close, exciting match results.

Both compound teams from the U.S. entered the finals with high expectations. Cheering for her teammates, Diane Watson (Hudson, Fla.) tweeted ‘Team USA is ready!”  The women, Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.), Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, Ohio), and Carli Cochran (Willow Street, Pa.) shot well against their opponents from Colombia, but history was made when the opposing team, led by Sara Lopez, claimed victory for the South American country.

The men’s team, consisting of compound legends Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho), Braden Gellenthien (College Station, Texas), and Rodger Willet, Jr. (Gloucester, Pa.), faced their toughest competition on the field versus No. 2 ranked Denmark. Although in all recent encounters USA had defeated Denmark, it was the latter’s turn to claim gold.  Team USA took an early lead in the first end and it looked to be an easy path to the podium, but after two lower scoring sets and a perfect 60 from Denmark, the U.S. trailed and ended the match with 225 to Denmark’s 230.

In the individual event, disaster struck for USA’s Braden Gellenthien as he entered the bronze medal match. His string broke, but his opponent from Denmark, Martin Damsbo generously offered to lend Gellenthien his backup bow. U.S. Olympic silver medalist Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Fla.) stood in Gellenthien’s coach and lent a watchful eye for some quick practice before the match. Gellenthien fought to win the match, despite his disadvantage, but trailed farther behind Damsbo after each end. After showing incredible sportsmanship, Denmark took its second victory of the day versus the United States. Denmark also took the individual gold title with Damsbo’s teammate Patrick Laursen proving to be nearly unstoppable versus Austria’s Georg Dollinger.

For complete results, visit http://www.worldarchery.org.

Some information attributed to World Archery Communication.

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