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PHOENIX, Arizona - Following nine round robin matches - during which each archer shot a match versus each one of their competitors - ten archers per gender are moving on to the next phase of the U.S. Team Trials for the World Archery Championships. View final results here.
Athletes made an initial qualification for the Team Trials by finishing in the top 16 per gender of American shooters during the AAE Arizona Cup qualification rounds on Wednesday. This event consisted of 72 arrows shot at a distance of 70 meters, similar to the qualification format of the Olympic Games.
Those top 16 men and top 16 women who made the initial cut advanced to a second 72 arrow qualification round on Thursday, which followed the same format. The top 10 athletes per gender, based on the combined scores of both qualification rounds, advanced to Sunday's round robin matches.
The competition was intense, with a very strong level of talent on the field. "There are no easy matches at this point," one athlete was overheard saying. It was the truth: no archer was leaving points to chance.
During this Team Trials event, athletes receive bonus points for qualification round scores, matchplay wins, and their average scores. Complete information is detailed in the team selection procedures.
Up next for these twenty archers is stage two of these Team Trials, which will take place at the upcoming Easton Foundations Gator Cup. The recurve archers will compete in the Gator Cup qualification round, after which the field will be narrowed to eight men and eight women, who will continue to the final Team Trials events which are held that weekend. The team is expected to be named following the conclusion of competition on Monday, April 27.
At that event, compound archers will also begin their own Trials for spots on the World Archery Championships Team, and that competition promises to be equally intense.
The two-stage Team Trials process is designed to choose the most competitive team of athletes to represent the U.S. at the World Archery Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark later this year. For recurve archers, the World Archery Championships is Team USA's first opportunity to qualify a full men's team and women's team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The same recurve team will also compete at the Pan American Games.
USA Archery will be live tweeting results from the Team Trials at the Easton Foundations Gator Cup as they become available. There will not be live scoring online for these Team Trials events; fans are encouraged to follow USA Archery's general news feed and results feed on Twitter for standings. Photos and video will also be available on USA Archery's Instagram and Facebook.
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