Americans to Shoot for Two Mixed Team Medals
BELEK-ANTALYA, Turkey – This
afternoon at the 2013 World Archery Championships opened with mixed team
eliminations through the semifinals. Superstar duo, Brady Ellison (Chula Vista,
Calif.) and Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, Calif.), seeded 6th,
entered their first match against Spain and completely dominated with higher
scores in each set. Team USA closed Spain out with a 15-point lead and a score
equal with Korea’s for the same match.
They continued to shake
the competition, destroying No. 3 seed, the Russian Federation in the
quarterfinals. The duo battled Mexico in the semifinals, taking an early lead
after the first set and never letting go. USA will face Korea for gold and
Mexico will shoot against Chinese Taipei for bronze.
Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.) and Jesse Broadwater (Jennerstown, Penn.) had
stellar qualification round performances to rank first for mixed teams.
Broadwater was labeled the competition dark horse after his first place finish
yesterday, and with the top seed the duo was expecting big wins together.
Although the two will
shoot for bronze, their matches today in difficult wind produced unexpected
results across the field. No. 11 seed, India upset Korea in a surprising
quarterfinal result and South Africa knocked Great Britain out of the game in
USA tied Germany in the
1/8th final from a rough second set, but won in shoot-off to advance
to the quarterfinals against Croatia. The wind picked up and made incredibly
frustrating shooting conditions, but the US team opened with a strong first set
and increased their lead through each set to win the match.
Jones and Broadwater
embarked on their semifinal match against Italy with a strong opening end and
only a single point deficit. However, a weak second set sealed their fate and
Italy pounced on the win. Italy will face the Russian Federation for gold and
USA will compete for bronze against India.
This morning finished the
men’s recurve qualifications. Ellison,
who rocked the world last week with a strong performance under tremendous
pressure in last week’s World Cup Final, is expected to be a hard hitter here
Scores were tight and
World Ranked No. 3 Ellison’s 1335 placed him in a three-way tie for 7th
place. A shoot-off between Gael Prevost (FRA), Taylor Worth (AUS), and Ellison
caused a stir as Ellison dropped to 9th. Although unfortunate not to
be in the top 8, Ellison, known for perfect 10s under tremendous pressure in
head to head matches, is seeded in good stead for the upcoming eliminations.
Korea’s male recurve squad
has been consistently on top of almost every event this season, and today was
no different. The powerhouse trio of Oh Jin Hyek, Lee Seungyun, and Im Dong
Hyun battled for the top three finishes.
Other top contenders to
watch out for are the teams from India, France, Mexico and the Netherlands.
The US men ranked 10th
for team qualification, and with two 2012 Olympians in the trio, will be tough
competition. Jake Kaminski (Gainseville, Fla.) and Joe Fanchin (Oceanside,
Calif.) finished 29th and 71st respectively.
With 146 competitors on
the field, and the toughest competition in the world, keeping up with 37
archers who each scored over 1300 is an impressive feat for any archer. Such
tight scores promise exciting elimination matches to come as the week
Wednesday morning with early elimination matches for all four classifications. Follow the
action with live scores beginning at 2 a.m. Eastern U.S.
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