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SHANGHAI, China - The second day of the fourth and final qualifying stage of the 2010 Archery World Cup at the Yuan Shen Stadium was challenging for Team USA. The sole individual highlight was the continued streak of Erika Anschutz of Lincoln, Neb., who qualified to shoot for the bronze medal on Saturday and punches her ticket for her first Archery World Cup Final, which is scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Edinburgh, Great Britain.
Wednesday started the fourth stage of the 2010 Archery World Cup season and will conclude on Sept. 4. Archers compete at four qualifying World Cup stages earning valuable points based on final placement in hopes of earning one of the 32 athlete positions that will compete in the World Cup Finals.
Anschutz, who qualified as the No. 2 seed, opened up with a straight set victory over Iran's Sepideh Shabani, 4-0. Anschutz, who won the 2010 Turkey World Cup, edged Nichola Simpson of Great Britain, 4-2. The quarterfinals, Anschutz came up against Seyedeh-Vida Halimianvval of Iran. Halimianvval took the first set, 29-27, for a 2-0 match lead, and then Anschutz shut the door by claiming the last three sets: 30-29; 29-28; and 29-26.
In the semifinals, Anschutz was faced with a challenging foe in Nicky Hunt of Great Britain, who won the 2009 Porec World Cup. Anschutz was down 5-1 after the first three sets, as Hunt claimed the first and third sets, 29-28. Anschutz rebounded in the fourth set, winning 30-28, and remained down 5-3. In the fifth and final set, Hunt pulled ahead to advance to the gold medal by a 29-27 set score and match victory, 7-3.
Anschutz will go up against 2009 World champion Albina Loginova of Russia for the bronze on Saturday. Loginova was the No. 1 seed.
Diane Watson of Hudson, Fla., turned in her best individual performance of the 2010 World Season by advancing to the quarterfinals. Watson started the day with a shutout victory over Norizah Bt. Ishak of Malaysia, 4-0. In the round of 16, Watson sealed her quarterfinal placement by edging Great Britain's Danielle Brown, 4-2. Watson opened the quarterfinals by dropping the first set to Linda Ochoa of Mexico, but tied the match at 2-2 by winning the second set, 29-28. Ochoa took the last two sets, 28-27 and 29-26, for a match victory of 6-2.
Three-time World cup medalist Jamie Van Natta of Toledo, Ohio, fell to Saritha Cham Nong of Malaysia, 4-0, in the round of 32.
The individual eliminations for the four U.S. men rang a different tune to Wednesday's qualification round where the top three positions were held by Reo Wilde of Pocatello, Idaho, Ben Cleland of Swanton, Ohio, and Braden Gellenthien of Woodbridge, Va.
Wilde, a two-time and reigning World champion, was the sole highlight as he advanced to the quarterfinals. Wilde opened the day with a 5-1 decision over Mohd Kaharuddin Asah of Malaysia. In the round of 16, Wilde came from behind to defeat Seppie Cilliers of South Africa, 4-2.
The quarterfinal match for Wilde was against 2007 World champion Dietmar Trillus. The two world champions were tied after the first set by each shooting 30. Wilde took the second set 29-28 for a 3-1 advantage, and then the two tied in the third with Wilde holding a slim 4-2 lead. Trillus rebounded in the fourth by narrowly edging Wilde, 30-29, to knot the match at 4-4. The fifth and deciding set was once again tied as each athlete scored 29. A one-arrow shoot-off was conducted with Wilde hitting 10, and then Trillus finding the X for a 6-5 advantage. Trillus will shoot for the bronze.
Gellenthien won against Clint Freeman of Australia, 5-1, in the round of 32, before losing a heartbreaker to Koos De West of South Africa, 4-2. Gellenthien and De Wet were tied 2-2 as both archers shot 58 and 58 in the first two sets. In the third and deciding set, De Wet advanced by outshooting the American, 59-58.
Cleland, who had a bye in the first round, was defeated by Mansour Kordi of Iran, 4-0. 2010 Ogden World Cup bronze medalist Rodger Willet, Jr., of Glouchester, Va., defeated Oleg Drik of Ukraine, 4-0, before being eliminated by a tiebreaker to Hafid Jaime of Mexico, 4-3.
2008 U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison of Chula Vista, Calif., who solidified his berth into the 2010 World Cup Final in a couple weeks, exited the fourth stage in the round prior to the quarterfinals to India's Jayanta Talukdar in a one-arrow shoot-off. Ellison shot a 10, while Talukdar found the X to advance. Earlier in the day, Ellison eliminated five-time U.S. Olympian Butch Johnson of Woodstock, Conn., 5-1. Talukdar will shoot for the bronze medal on Saturday.
Also making it to the round of 16 was Jake Kaminski of Chula Vista, Calif. The USA Archery resident athlete started the elimination round with several victories before meeting up with Michelle Frangilli of Italy, who has won the most world medals. Frangilli advanced by a 4-0 decision, as Kaminski's arrows were just outside the superior ring.
Three-time U.S. Olympian Vic Wunderle of Charlotte, N.C., was eliminated in the opening round by Tarundeep Rai of India, 4-0.
Four-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig of West Hollywood, Calif., opened the day with a 4-0 victory over Mongolia's Chuluunbaatar Munkhtsetseg to advance to the round of 32 where she then defeated U.S. team member Heather Koehl, 4-2. The match between teammates was close, with Lorig winning the first and third sets.
In the round of 16, Lorig knocked of Italy's Jessica Tomasi, 4-2, where she met up with Deepika Kumari in the quarterfinals. Lorig took the first two sets for a 4-0 lead, however Kumari returned to win the next two to even the match at 4-4. In the fifth and deciding set, the two archers tied and needed a one-arrow shoot-off. Kumari punched the 10, while Lorig fell short with an eight-count. Kumari will be shooting for the gold on Saturday.
Koehl defeated Denmark's Maja Buskbjerg Jager, 4-2, to start her elimination round.
Two-time U.S. Olympian Jennifer Nichols of Bryan, Texas, and USA Archery resident athlete Heather Braun of Chula Vista, Calif., were eliminated in the first round.
Friday's competition will feature the team eliminations to determine the gold- and bronze-medal matches that will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 4. For complete results, click here.
The Archery World Cup, which started in 2006, has been a popular event for FITA, the international federation for archery. The event allows organizers to select unique competition venues. The United States hosted the third stage in Ogden, Utah, last month that saw Team USA win seven medals. The Archery World Cup has grown into one of the annual premiere events for the international federation that attracts approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries at each of the various qualifying stages.
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