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MARRAKESH, Morocco - The Indoor Archery World Cup season is underway, with the first stage complete. Team USA compounders Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Massachusetts) and Crystal Gauvin (Dayville, Connecticut) started the series off with two medal wins.
Gellenthien, shooting in the compound men's category, earned his second consecutive gold medal at the Marrakesh stage after a tough showdown with the very talented Mike Schloesser of the Netherlands. Gellenthien was nearly perfect, clinching the win 148-145. Bronze went to top French compounder PJ Deloche.
In the compound women's group, USA's Gauvin, who won this event last year, was just two points shy of winning her semifinal match against Great Britain's Naomi Jones. However, Gauvin kept her game face on, delivering a three-point margin over Helga Magnusdottir (ISL) for the bronze medal win. Gold went to Jones, with Russia's Elena Filippova earning silver.
Team USA had several other competitors at the event, including Olympic hopeful Ariel Gibilaro (Chula Vista, California), who scored a 4th place overall finish for the recurve women. Other American competitors included Dahlia Crook, Laura Shelton, Brad Rega, Jeremiah Cusick, Bernadette Diab, Matt Requa, Joe Wilkin and Nathan Yamaguchi.
For complete results and photos, visit World Archery's website: http://www.worldarchery.org/EVENTS/Indoor-World-Cup/2014-2015/Marrakesh.
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