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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Early elimination matches and team matches through the semifinals were live at the third leg of the Hyundai Archery World Cup today. With good match results for the U.S. archers after strong qualification showings yesterday, the U.S. is poised well for the rest of the competition and will be in contention for the compound women's and recurve mixed team bronze medals.
"The wind was tricky today and yesterday but we're all trying our best to get through it," commented Cassidy Cox (Albuquerque, New Mexico), who was the top scorer for the compound women in qualification yesterday. "We did great together as a team, if someone was having a tough time in the wind, the other teammates lifted them up so that was good, we were good shooting together."
On making her World Cup debut this year, 19-year-old Cox added: "I'm really excited, it is my first year, and then to have one of my first world cups in the U.S. where my parents can come watch, it's really exciting to have it on our home turf."
The U.S. compound men's squad, who had been ranked first with a solid margin, ended their streak of winning gold each time the World Cup has been on U.S. soil as they suffered a quarterfinal loss to Italy 225-228.
As the wind presented challenges throughout the day, fewer world records were challenged than in yesterday's ranking round. The U.S. recurve men's team, who had been ranked 4th, was upset by Malaysia in the first round in a shoot off with a 28 to USA's 27 while the recurve women fell in the quarterfinals to higher ranked Mexico 6-2 after taking an initial lead.
In the earlier part of the day, several archers competed in early individual elimination matches. The archers who ranked in the top 8 in each division were pre-seeded with byes into the 1/16th round.
In the recurve men's first round, Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Florida) was upset in a close 6-4 match with Brazil's Costa, while Collin Klimitchek (Victoria, Texas) knocked out higher ranked archer, Guillermo Aguilar of Chile in a one-arrow shoot off before falling in the second round along with 20th seed, Matt Requa (Houston, Texas), who was upset by Brazilian Olympian Marcus D'Almeida 7-1.
For the compound women, all U.S. women were just points apart in the upper half of the rankings yesterday. Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, Ohio), Danielle Reynolds (Gilbert, Arizona) and Cassidy Cox (Albuquerque, New Mexico) were all victorious in the 1/24th rounds and will continue to tomorrow's matches. Erika Jones (Owasso, Oklahoma) was upset early by Canada's Karen Van Nest.
For the recurve women, Anna Miscione (Ramona, California) upset Degn of Denmark to advance to tomorrow's competition while Ariel Gibilaro (North Branford, Connecticut) and LaNola Shepherd (Lehi, Utah) exited in their first rounds.
Bridger Deaton (Pella, Iowa) was the sole U.S. compound man without a bye into tomorrow's matches, but he earned a spot there beating out Taipei's Chen 143-140.
Competition resumes tomorrow with the remaining individual matches through the semifinals. Results are available at www.worldarchery.org. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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