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ANTALYA, Turkey - USA Archers headed to Antayla, Turkey following the Gator Cup last weekend, jumping from one sunny scorcher to the next. With world record weather predicted, scores and competition were fierce in today's qualification round as over 360 athletes from nearly 50 countries competed at the Archery World Cup's second stage.
Starting out the morning strong, Braden Gellenthien landed in a three-way tie for first with 713 out of 720 with the Netherlands' Mike Schloesser and Korea's Kim Jongho. Gellenthien took the third seed on X count, having previously had a three-point lead heading into the last end of competition.
Gellenthien commented to World Archery: "I shot my first arrow and it was an eighth of an inch out left. I overcompensated on my next arrow and it went an eighth of an inch out right, and then I made a bad shot on the third one. I ran three 10s. It was total coincidence it was the last end. I still feel super in control of my shot and I'm super excited for the matchplay."
Gellenthein and his reigning World Champion teammates Kris Schaff and Steve Anderson locked up the top team qualification spot with Anderson's 6th place qualification of 707 and Schaff's 706 for a 10th place rank in an incredibly tight bracket.
Reo Wilde qualified 28th with 700. Gellenthien and Wilde are currently tied for the most Archery World Cup medals with 58 each as Gellenthien picked up two to Wilde's one at the first stage in Shanghai, China last month. Will one pull ahead this weekend and possibly be the first in history to bring 60 World Cup medals back to the U.S.?
Gore and Gellenthien - a consistently powerful duo - also locked up the 2nd place mixed team rank after Gore posted a 698 to rank 6th on the compound women's field.
Gore's teammate Cassidy Cox was a late arrival after travel troubles, getting into Turkey just hours before competition. Cox still managed a 683 to qualify 30th ahead of teammate Robyn Repp, who ranked 38th with a 681. The trio will compete together in the team competition with a 6th place seed. Danielle Reynolds also posted a 678 to rank 46th.
On the recurve men's field, Brady Ellison jumped into fourth at the final end with a great improvement from 334 to 347 in the second half for a total 681. Jack Williams ranked 38th with a 658 and with Matt Requa's 651 to qualify 58th, the team placed 8th. Matthew Nofel made his World Cup debut qualifying 79th with a 645.
Olympians Khatuna Lorig and Mackenzie Brown ranked 32nd and 33rd with 646s. New on the World Cup scene too, Amy Jung and Danielle Park qualified 85th and 88th 588 and 568 respectively. Lorig, Brown and Jung qualified 16th as a team and Lorig and Ellison have a 9th place seed for the mixed team event.
Complete results from the competition can be found at www.worldarchery.org. A live stream of the finals this Friday and Saturday will be available on www.olympicchannel.com/live and live or delayed highlights will be available via NBC. Photo by World Archery.
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