Three Silver Medals, Two
Gold for Team USA at
World Cup in Poland Three Silver Medals, Two Gold for Team USA at World Cup in Poland

WROCLAW, Poland – Team USA compound and recurve archers delivered at this fourth and final stage of the 2013 Archery World Cup, with the compounders taking four of the five medals.

After just missing the seemingly elusive gold team medal in the past two World Cup stages, Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho), Dave Cousins (Standish, Maine) and Braden Gellenthien (College Station, Tex.) regained their spot on the podium. In a surprise matchup against a young team from South Africa, the experienced American archers prevailed, taking a slow but steady lead to finish with the gold. In the bronze medal match, it was Korea over the Netherlands.

Gellenthien and top world-ranked archer Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.) joined forces for the mixed team gold medal match and continued to be the team to beat. Taking a huge lead in the first end, Team USA held tight and finished seven points ahead of Russia for the well-deserved gold medal. The Netherlands claimed bronze over Mexico.

Team USA’s compound women, led by Jones, had high expectations for their gold medal match against Italy. However, several 7s in the first two ends gave Italy a five-point lead at the half. The U.S. women rallied with a stronger third end, lowering the deficit to only two points, but Italy finished out with five straight 10s to close the match and clinch the gold. The bronze match was an exciting pairing of two strong and emerging compound teams: Colombia and Korea. While Colombia took an early lead, a devastating finish kept them from the podium and gave Korea the bronze.

Jones’ day continued with her third gold medal match, again facing Russia’s World Ranked No. 2, Albina Longinova. It was a fierce battle between these two powerhouse archers, with Jones taking a lead after the first end, which she slowly lost over the next three. However, she finished strong enough to force a tie and a one-arrow shoot off. Jones shot a 9 to Longinova’s 10, claiming silver for the US.

Kristina Berger of Germany took the compound women’s bronze medal over Korea’s Bomin Choi in a one-arrow shoot off. Pierre-Julien Deloche of France took his first major individual title, winning compound men’s gold over top-seeded Sergio Pagni of Italy. The bronze medal final between Alexander Dambaev of Russia and France’s Dominique Genet went to Dambaev after an incredibly close match.

Photo: Teresa Iaconi

Photo: Teresa Iaconi

The recurve men’s team finals promised great excitement as they recreated the exact matchups of the 2012 Olympic semifinals. Last summer the U.S. men’s team was strong enough to defeat the team from Korea; however as Korea has appeared on top of the podium frequently this summer, it seemed tides might be shifting. The wind was shifting too, creating difficult shooting conditions, which did not seem to affect Korea’s team. With only three arrows outside the gold, Korea took a 225-196 victory over the U.S.

The men’s team bronze match also was a reversal of the London 2012 results, with Mexico claiming an unexpected win over Italy. The recurve women’s gold match between India and Korea was neck and neck after each end until Korea dropped an unfortunate 6, leaving the door wide open for India. The women’s team bronze medal went to Denmark, in a surprising upset over Russia.

Korea came back in the mixed team final to win gold over Italy by an incredible margin of 24 points following Italy’s disastrous second end with a 5 and 4. Chinese Taipei took bronze over Japan, again by an impressive margin.

Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia kept the women’s recurve podium from being entirely comprised of the women from Korea, winning bronze over Joo Hyun Jung in a one-arrow shoot off. With the win, Valencia clinched her spot in the World Cup Final, denying USA’s Miranda Leek a trip to France. Yun Ok Hee took gold over Korean teammate Ki Bo Bae; as just two archers per nation can qualify for the World Cup Final, Yun and Joo will represent Korea with Olympic champion Ki sitting the Paris event out.

The men’s recurve final starred all four archers competing from Korea. Lee Seungyun started the gold match with a perfect 30, but missed an arrow in his second set. Lee regained the lead in the third set, eventually winning gold over Jin Jae Wang. Im Dong Hyun was victorious over current Olympic Champion Oh Jin Hyek for bronze.

Complete results from Wroclaw are available at http://www.worldarchery.org/.

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