Team USA Clinches Double Silver at Antalya World Cup
ANTALYA, Turkey – Shooting
on the beautiful Konyaalti Beach, the second stage of the World Cup compound
final matches began. Team USA battled against fierce competitors in difficult
winds for close, exciting matches.
Both compound teams from
the US entered the finals with high expectations of gold. Cheering for her
teammates, Diane Watson (Hudson, Fla.) tweeted support, ‘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 team
led by Sara Lopez claimed victory.
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, No. 2 team Denmark. Although in all recent encounters
USA had defeated Denmark, today the team from America took silver. Team USA took an early lead in the first set
and it looked to be an easy path to the podium, but after two lower scoring
sets and a perfect 60 from Denmark, the US trailed and ended the match 225-230.
After Italy claimed the
gold over India in a very close mixed team final, Germany’s Kristina Berger
clinched the win for bronze over Korea’s So Jung Youn, who had hoped to retain
the leads her country’s compound team had been taking in the World Cup thus
far. With a shocking number of arrows in the 8-ring, Korea’s Ji Hyun Seok, last
month’s individual gold medalist, conceded the title to Sara Lopez of Cololmbia
for her second gold medal of the morning.
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. USA’s Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Fla.) stood in as his coach
and lent a watchful eye for some quick practice before the match. Despite being
at a terrible disadvantage, Gellenthien fought to win, but trailed farther
behind Damsbo after each set. After showing incredible sportsmanship, Denmark
took its second victory over the US today.
Denmark also took the
individual gold title with Damsbo’s teammate Patrick Laursen shooting many 10s
against Austria’s Georg Dollinger.
tomorrow with the recurve final matches.
Detailed results, including statistics for each archer
competing, may be found at http://info.ianseo.net; for
official results, visit worldarchery.org.
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