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OGDEN, Utah - Korea, a perennial powerhouse in recurve target archery, opened up the first day of competition at the 2010 Archery World Cup Stage 3 in dominating fashion with Dong-Hyun Im leading the men's individual recurve, and Korea's recurve women holding the top four individual spots. The United States is shining in both the men's and women's compound divisions.
Wednesday's World Cup action at Weber State University determines the athlete's ranking for both individual and team competitions, with the archers each shooting 12 six-arrow ends. The Ogden World Cup is the third of four qualifying stages where the top seven athletes in each division advance to the Archery World Cup Final in Edinburg, Great Britain in September.
A showdown is in the making in the men's individual recurve division where Korea's Im, the 2009 World Championships silver medalist, and 2008 U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison of Chula Vista, Calif., swapped positions three times in the ranking round. Im, a two-time Olympic team gold medalist, held the overall lead after the first three ends, where Ellison took the lead until the final end where Im came out on top with a 683 score. Ellison, who is currently ranked first in the World Cup Standings, is second with a 680 total.
Korea's Jin Hyek Oh is third with a 678 total and Chu Sian Cheng of Malaysia is fourth with 337 points. Five-time U.S. Olympian Butch Johnson of Woodstock, Calif., sits ninth with a 665 total. Making a surge towards the top of the ranking was 2010 U.S. National champion Jake Kaminski of Chula Vista, Calif., into 13th with 662. Other notables are 2009 World Cup Final silver medalist Simon Terry of Great Britain in 17th with a 659 and 2009 World Cup Final bronze medalist Romain Girouille of France in 29th. Two-time U.S. Olympic medalist Vic Wunderle of Charlotte, N.C., sits in 26th.
Women's Individual Recurve: The Korean team was led by Moon Jung Kim, who was sitting in fourth after the first six ends, and finished in first with a 668 total that included 32 tens and 17 Xs. Ok-Hee Yun and Bo Bae Ki finished with a 665 total where Yun finished third as she shot more Xs than her Korean teammate. 2009 World Individual and Team Champion Hyun-Hung Joo is fourth overall with a 664 total.
A few notables include 2007 World Cup Final champion Dola Banerjee of India in 8th with a 653, while 2009 World Championship bronze medalist Natalia Sanchez of Columbia is 10th with 651. 2008 Olympic team bronze medalist Berengere Schuh of France is sitting 12th with a 649 total.
For Team USA, four-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig of West Hollywood, Calif., finished 18th with a 643, while two-time U.S. Olympian Jennifer Nichols of Bryan, Texas, finished in 19th with a 641. Heather Koehl and Kristin Braun, both from Chula Vista, Calif., and USA Archery resident athletes, finished 42nd and 62nd, respectively.
Men's Individual Compound: 2007 World Cup Final champion Jorge Jimenez of El Salvador took the ranking round title by hitting a 704 cumulative score that included 28 Xs and 56 tens. Roger Willett, Jr., of Glouchester, Va., also shot a 704, but is ranked second by only finding the X-mark 16 times. In third is Braden Gellenthien of Woodbridge, Va., with 702 points. Jesse Broadwater of Jennerstown, Pa., shot a 700 for sixth, while 2009 World Champion Reo Wilde of Pocatello, Idaho, finished eighth with a 699.
Other notables included 2010 World Cup Stage 2 champion Martin Damsbo of Denmark in eighth with 700 and defending 2009 World Cup Final champion Sergio Pagni of Italy in 16th with a 692.
Women's Individual Compound: 2008 World Cup Final champion Jamie Van Natta of Toledo, Ohio, sits on top of the women's compound division by shooting a 695 that was highlighted with 49 tens and 18 Xs, which is six points better than second-ranked Viktoria Balzhanova of Russia. Recently crowned 2010 U.S. National Champion Erika Anschutz of Hamilton, Ohio, is third with a 687 total. Doris Jones of Canada is fourth with a 684 total, who shot the most Xs in the women's compound round with 22.
Other notables in the field include: multiple World Cup medalist Ivana Buden of Croatia in fifth with 683 points; 2009 World Champion Albina Loginova of Russia in 10th with 674; and 2009 World Cup Final silver medalist Camilla Soemod of Denmark in 12th.
Mixed Team: The first sets of medals in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 were awarded Wednesday in mixed team competition in both recurve and compound divisions to close out the day of competition. Leading the charge was the U.S. compound mixed team of Willet and Van Natta. The American duo knocked off Denmark in the semifinals in the first tiebreaker. Both squads were knotted at 4 match points each and Team USA successfully had two hits to Denmark's one to advance to Saturday's championship finals against Russia. Denmark went on to win the bronze medal by defeating Australia, 6-2.
In the recurve mixed team competition, the gold-medal final will have Korea and Great Britain pitted against each other. The bronze was claimed by Italy who defeated Russia, 146-139. Korea, the No. 1 ranked team that consisted of Moon Jung Kim and Dong-Hyun Im, defeated Italy in a close semifinal contest, 148-145. Great Britain, comprised of Naomi Folkard and Simon Terry, knocked off Russia to advance to the final, 144-142.
The bronze-medal went to Italy, who defeated Russia, 146-139. Russia upended the No. 2 ranked U.S. squad of Ellison and Lorig in the quarterfinals, 146-143. Ellison and Lorig won the first round by defeating Australia, 144-130.
The archery range at Weber State University will continue to play host to the World Cup action on Thursday with individual eliminations, while Friday will see the team elimination rounds. On Saturday, August 7 at 4 p.m. MDST, the Archery World Cup Stage 3 medal matches and championship finals will move to downtown Ogden's Lindquist Field, a minor league baseball stadium. All sessions are free and open to the public to attend. For more information visit www.ogdenwc.com or follow the live results at www.archery.org.
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