Recurve Archers Content With Historic Silver After High Pressure Final
WUXI, China – After a long week of high scores, record
performances, and medal wins, Team USA finished out the recurve finals with a
silver medal at the World Archery Youth Championships.
Shooting for two chances to make history - the first potential
recurve junior men’s team gold in twenty years and the first recurve junior mixed
team medal ever - the US team was poised for an exciting day, albeit a very
The men’s team final began as a very tight race with the
team from the Russian Federation. Brothers, Daniel and Sean McLaughlin, and
Jeremiah Cusick (all: Chula Vista, Calif.) matched the team from Russia, almost
arrow for arrow, and only ever one or two points apart.
Entering the final set, the US was just ahead when disaster
struck, with a miss-6-7. The trio’s hopes of gold vanished and they were left
with the silver. However, team members can content themselves with the first US
silver medal in this category since 1993 – no small feat.
Daniel McLaughlin got a shot at a rematch with teammate Mackenzie
Brown (Chula Vista, Calif.) in their bronze medal mixed team final, also
against the Russian Federation. However, the American duo dropped four 7s while
Russia managed to keep all but two arrows in the gold. Russia took the win by
Despite a difficult last day of the championships, Team USA
claims a successful outing at the World Archery Youth Championships.
The junior compound men set two new world records, both
compound women’s teams won gold, and with six medals for the US, the young
archers representing America can be very proud of strong performances and great
triumphs on the most prestigious youth archery stage.
In what is the best showcase of up and coming archery
talent, the US made quite a splash, especially on the compound field, as a name
that will not be leaving the podiums soon.
To see more on these matches, including detailed score
reports, visit http://www.worldarchery.org/en-us/worldchampionships/youth-wuxi2013/livecommentaries.aspx
and check out USA Archery on Facebook and twitter for photos from the field.
Some information attributed to World Archery Communication.