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September 03, 2010

U.S. Compound Women to Shoot for Gold at 2010 Archery World Cup

SHANGHAI, China - For the second consecutive qualifying stage of the 2010 Archery World Cup season, the U.S. women's compound team will be shooting for the gold. Approximately one month ago, the women's team climbed on top of the award stand for its gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Ogden, Utah.

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.

The U.S. women's team, who set a new World record on Wednesday, were the No. 1 seeds and received a bye into the quarterfinal round. The squad led by 2010 Turkey World Cup champion Erika Anschutz of Lincoln, Neb., 2010 Ogden World Cup bronze medalist Jamie Van Natta of Toledo, Ohio, and Diane Watson of Hudson, Fla., continued their domination on the international scene with a 226-218 victory over India. In the semifinals, the women reigned supreme in eliminating Iran, 224-218. Team USA will square off with Russia for the gold on Saturday.

Men's Team Compound:

The U.S. men's compound team, who took the gold medal on U.S. soil last month, will try for the bronze medal on Saturday against Iran. The U.S. compounders opened the day in the quarterfinals by easily defeating Malaysia, 230-221. In the semifinal, the three-man squad faced a tough match against Australia, as the down under team advanced with a four-point margin over Team USA, 230-226.

The men's team was represented by two-time World champion Reo Wilde of Pocatello, Idaho; 2010 Ogden World Cup champion Braden Gellenthien of Woodbridge, Va.; and 2010 Ogden World Cup bronze medalist Rodger Willet, Jr., of Glouchester, Va.

Recurve Mixed Team:

New to international archery competitions this year is the mixed team competitions, where the top male and female in each of the bow categories compete as a team. The U.S. mixed team in recurve will be shooting for a gold medal. Jake Kaminski and Khatuna Lorig proved unstoppable along the way during eliminations on Friday. The new pairing for Team USA saw them readily outperform Malaysia (144-135) and Great Britain (148-142).

The American tandem was tested by Mexico in the semifinals, as this match needed two tie-breakers. Both squads were tied at 148 after three ends. Both archers from each squad shot the first tiebreaker and the team were tied again. In the second tiebreaker, Kaminski and Lorig shot a 19, while the Mexicans totaled 17. Team USA will faceoff against powerhouse Korea for the gold on Saturday.

Compound Mixed Team:

Anschutz and Wilde were the new pairing for the United States for the fourth leg of the 2010 Archery World Cup season. This tandem opened with a 164-150 defeat of India in the quarterfinals. The tide was turned in the semifinals as Iran advanced for the gold by defeating Team USA, 166-152.

In World Cup action, the bronze medal matches for Mixed Team events are held the same day. The American duo returned to top performance by knocking off the Netherlands for the bronze, 168-152.

Men's Team Recurve:

The U.S. squad opened the day in the team eliminations against Australia. Team USA was tested and needed a tiebreaker to advance. The was composed of U.S. Olympians Brady Ellison of Chula Vista, Calif., and Vic Wunderle of Charlotte, N.C., along with USA Archery resident athlete Jake Kaminski of Chula Vista, Calif. The teams were tied at 220, which forced all three members of each team to shoot one arrow. The U.S. advanced by outscoring Australia, 27-26. The quarterfinals pitted the U.S. against India, the No. 2 seed, who outlasted the Team USA 225-208.

Women's Team Recurve:

The U.S. women's team, who was seeded third, was matched up with Georgia, the home country of four-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig of West Hollywood, Calif. The heavily favored Americans were outshot by Georgia, 216-211. The U.S. was represented by Lorig, two-time U.S. Olympian Jennifer Nichols of Bryan, Texas, and USA Archery resident athlete Heather Koehl of Chula Vista, Calif.

Saturday will conclude the qualifying stages for the 2010 Archery World Cup when the medal matches are held. 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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