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June 15, 2016

U.S. Compound Women Compete for Last Chance Rio Qualification in Czech Republic

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic - This morning was the World Quota Tournament and the U.S. compound open women's last chance to qualify a spot for the Games in Rio.

In qualification yesterday, Teresa Wallace, (North Charleston, South Carolina) seeded 9th and Para USAT archers Samantha Tucker (Nampa, Idaho) and Martha Chavez (Leemore, California) ranked 14th and 17th respectively. Needing to medal to earn one of three available slots, Wallace had a heartbreaking one-point loss in the match for 3rd place.

After upsetting Slovakia's Pashchenkova 134-130 in the 1/8th, she faced 16th seed Ireland's Leonard who had just knocked out the top seeded archer in a shoot-off. Wallace won 131-127 and advanced to the semifinals where Spain's Carmen shot her highest score of the day to take Wallace 134-133.

After just narrowly missing her shot at one of the top two positions, Wallace then matched No. 2 seed, Iran's Abbaspour who took the win 133-132.

Tucker also made it through her first match 132-130 before falling to Ukraine's Markitantova in the 1/8th, while Chavez was eliminated in the first round 124-129.

The afternoon continued with two rounds of elimination matches for the Nove Mesto Para world ranking event. Chavez, who was seeded 32nd in qualification, won her first match, while Tucker and Wallace had byes through to the 1/16th.

Timothy Palumbo (Williamsville, New York) seeded 10th for a bye through round one, and then dominated the second round match with a clean 6-0 win. Michael Lukow (Salt Lake City, Utah), seeded 31st, also had a solid 6-2 win in the second round after a bye and will advance to shoot against World Champion, USA's Eric Bennett (Surprise, Arizona) in the third round who was pre-seeded through the first two matches.

Gabriel Marcozzi (Media, Pennsylvania) and Jeff Sena (Cottage Grove, Oregon) both had byes through the compound open men's first round. 12th seed Marcozzi was upset in the second round 137-142 by Friedrich Ziegler of Austria. Sena was also eliminated in the second round in a close 140-141 match with Slovakia's Marecak.

The W1 and remaining individual matches will continue on Friday of this week and competition resumes tomorrow with team elimination matches through the semifinals. Complete results from the Nove Mesto and World Qualifying Tournament can be found here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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