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July 29, 2017

USA Compound Archers on Target for Two Medal Matches at World Games

WROCLAW, Poland - The World Games archery competition continued today with the compound events. Shooting World Archery target rules, the four U.S. athletes scored high in the 72-arrow ranking round and then proceeded to earn spots in two medal matches headed into tomorrow's semifinals.

Of the 24 men and 24 women competing in the World Games competition, Reigning Champion Reo Wilde qualified 8th with a 706. 2009 youth World Indoor Champion, Kris Schaff, who will compete on the USA's senior World Archery Championships Team later this year, was up two points with a 708 to finish 4th.

Cassidy Cox and Christie Colin, a breakout and a longstanding strong presence on the U.S. compound women's team, qualified 7th and 15th respectively with a 696 and 687.

Colin upset No. 2 ranked Sarah Sonnichsen of Denmark 145-144 in the 1/8 round, holding the lead through the entire match. Kris Schaff faced Denmark's Martin Damsbo in the same round, tied with matching 145s. Both shot 10s in the shoot off but Damsbo's was closer to the center.

Denmark's top seed Stephan Hansen then took on Wilde in the quarterfinals where he scored a 150 with 11xs, just one X off of tying Wilde's May 2015 world record, to Wilde's own 148. At the same time, Cox and Colin went head to head. Cox took an early lead with a perfect 60 to Colin's 57, but as Cox scored consecutive 27s to Colin's perfect 60 over the next two ends, the match turned in Colin's favor 117-114. In the final three arrows Colin clinched the win and a spot in the semifinal 146-142.

Schaff and Cox, ranked 4th in the mixed team qualification, shot two ends of perfect 40s in their quarterfinal match against France for a 157-153 win with a score tied for the highest on the field. They will face No. 1 seed Denmark in the semifinals tomorrow, while Mexico and Colombia will shoot for the other medal match placements. 

Competition resumes tomorrow with the semifinals and finals matches. Complete results from the competition can be found here. For more, follow USA Archery on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram 

Photo by World Archery.

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