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October 01, 2008

Carmichael and Fabry Garner Bronze at Paralympic Games

Lindsey Carmichael (Lago Vista, TX), the sole woman on the U.S. Paralympic Archery Team and competing in the Women's Individual Recurve-Standing division, beat Wang Yanhong of China, the reigning gold medalist from the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, and then Magali Comte of Switzerland before progressing to the quarterfinals. She narrowly beat fifth-ranked Korean Archer Kim Ki-Hee 86-85, then faced top-ranked Lee Hwa-Sook of Korea. Carmichael finished with the first bronze medal awarded at the Games.

Russell Wolfe (Williamsburg, VA) was eliminated after a 31-point loss to Italian archer Oscar de Pelligrin.

Chuck Lear (Lee's Summit, MO) was also eliminated in the Men's Individual Compound W1 after losing to Canadian archer Norbert Murphy by 23 points.

Kevin Stone (Kodak, TN) competing in the Men's Individual Recurve-W1/W2, finished 10th after his first day. He then beat Amit Dror of Israel by four points on day two, but then lost to Marco Vitale of Italy by four points on the third day.

After tying with Korea's Kweon Hyun-Ju in the Men's Individual Compound-Open, eventually beating him in a three arrow shoot-off, Eric Bennett (Surprise, AZ) was stopped from advancing by John Stubb of Great Britain, 117-114.

Joe Bailey (Flushing, MI) eliminated Keijo Kallunki of Finland in the Men Individual Compound-Open with a score of 115, while in another first round match, T.J. Pemberton (Moore, OK) unseated the third-ranked British archer Fred Stevens with the same score setting up a head-to-head match with one another. Pemberton scored six tens to Bailey's four and advanced to the semifinals where he was defeated by 2006 European Championship gold medalist Alberto Simonelli of Italy, shooting six tens to Simonelli's eight. While out of contention for the gold, Pemberton faced Philippe Horner of Switzerland for the bronze and lost, taking fourth place.

Jeff Fabry (Tulare, CA), competing in the Men's Individual Compound W1, beat Fabio Lucas Azzolini of Italy 113-97, setting a new Paralympic record with his score. He faced John Cavanagh of Great Britain and Cavanagh managed a two-point victory with a score of 109 to Fabry's 107. This placed him against Osmo Kinnunen of Finland for the bronze medal, the very archer whose Paralympic record Fabry broke just two days before. Winning by ten points, Fabry's bronze medal almost seemed effortless. "The gold will have to wait four more years," said Fabry, "I am overwhelmed by it all, but I am happy to have won the bronze."

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