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OGDEN, Utah - A rivalry that started in 2007 will be renewed for the fifth time on Saturday night at the 2010 Archery World Cup Stage 3 championship finals. This dual in the Rocky Mountains will take place in the men's compound division between Team USA's Braden Gellenthien of Woodbridge, Va., and El Salvador's Jorge Jimenez. Both archers climbed their way through the elimination rounds on Thursday at Weber State University.
Gellenthien, coming into the elimination round ranked No. 3, opened the day with a 6-2 decision over Miroslav Bojcun of Slovakia and then knocked off Dominque Genet of France, 5-3. The quarterfinals put Gellenthien up against teammate Jesse Broadwater of Jennerstown, Pa., where Gellenthien came out on top 5-3.
The semifinal was another contest between team members as Gellenthien met up with No. 2 ranked Rodger Willet, jr., of Glouchester, Va., where a three-arrow shoot-off was needed for Gellenthien to rekindle his rivalry with Jimenez.
"It's going to be tight on Saturday," Gellenthien said. "This is what all of these hours of training is for. It is right here, right now. When I went into the match with Rodger, I was hoping we ended in a shoot-off."
Jimenez, who has the most World Cup medals to date, started the afternoon in a commanding fashion with a 5-3 decision over Roberval Dos Santos of Brazil. His next three matches were all decided 6-2 over 2009 World Cup Final champion Sergio Pagni of Italy; Shaun Teasdale of New Zealand; and Pierre Julien DeLoche of France.
"This is a new opportunity for face to face with Gellenthien," Jimenez said.
The last time, Gellenthien eliminated Jimenez by shooting a perfect score and setting a new world record of 120, which occurred at the 2009 World Cup Final semifinals in Copenhagen, Denmark. The first time the duo met was at the 2007 World Cup where Gellenthien was victorious 119-118, missing the perfect mark by one point. Saturday's showdown cannot set a World Record as FITA, the international archery federation, established the set system in 2010.
The Ogden World Cup is the third of four qualifying stages where the top seven athletes in each division advance to the Archery World Cup Final in Edinburg, Great Britain in September.
Shooting for the bronze medal in men's individual compound will be Willet and DeLoche. Willet, who is competing in his first ever World Cup season, opened with a 6-2 victory over Jose Duo of Spain, and then needed a one-arrow shoot-off against Andrew Fagan of Canada. In the quarterfinals, Willet outlasted Peter Elzinga of Netherlands, 6-2. DeLoche was smooth in his elimination rounds with three, 5-3 victories over Tony Waddick of New Zealand; Sam Kyritsoglou of Belgium; and Dietmar Trillus of Canada.
2009 World Champion Reo Wilde of Pocatello, Idaho, was eliminated in a two-arrow shoot-off by Teasdale, 6-4.
Women's Individual Compound: The favorites prevailed in the women's compound, as 2009 World Cup gold medalist Nicky Hunt of Great Britain; 2009 World Cup Final runner-up Camilla Soemod of Denmark; 2010 World Cup Stage 1 bronze medalist Sandrine Vandionant of France; and 2009 World Champion Albina Loginova of Russia all advanced in the round of 32.
The next round saw a few upsets that included Brittany Lorenti of Trumbull, Conn., needing her third arrow of the shoot-off to defeat 2010 World Cup Stage 2 winner Erika Anschutz of Hamilton, Ohio. Vandionant upset Canada's Ashley Wallace, 5-3. Camille Demers-Bouffard of Canada knocked out Hunt, 5-3.
The quarterfinal highlight was Irina Markovic of Netherlands upsetting Loginova, 5-4, in a one-arrow shoot-off. Vandionant advanced with a 6-2 score over Lorenti. The semifinals were down to the wire in both matches. Vandionant prevailed over Markovic in a one-arrow shoot-out, 5-4.
2008 World Final champion Jamie Van Natta of Toledo, Ohio, started the elimination round with a one-arrow shoot-off victory over Rebecca Darby of Australia, 5-4. Van Natta, who was ranked No. 1, defeated Canada's Camille Bouffard Demers, 5-3. Van Natta was dealt a 5-3 defeat by the hot shooting Doris Jones of Canada. Van Natta will face Markovic for the bronze medal on Saturday, while the gold will come down to either Jones or Vandionant.
Men's Individual Recurve: The Koreans dominated the individual eliminations on Thursday with three of the four athletes advancing to the semifinal round and setting up an all-Korea gold-medal match between Woojin Kim and Jin Hyek Oh.
Kim, the fifth ranked archer in the field, breezed through the opening rounds with three straight set victories over Danielo Pineda of Columbia; Daniel Morillo of Spain, and Wenyuan Chen of China. Kim was put to the test in the quarterfinal round by Chu Sian Cheng of Malaysia, where six sets were needed for Kim's 7-3 victory. The semifinal round for Kim was another five-set match against 2009 World Championship silver medalist and teammate Dong-Hyun Im. Kim came out on top 6-4 to advance to Saturday's final. Im was challenged on his path to the semifinals that included a 4-0 defeat over 2009 World Cup Final silver medalist Simon Terry of Great Britain.
Third-ranked Oh narrowly edged Karam Shiva Shankar of India in the opening round, 4-2. Oh shutout the competition in the next two rounds, 4-0 and 6-0, before being challenged by Canada's Crispin Duenas in the semifinals. Oh dropped the first set of the semis and came back in the second to tie the match up at 2-2. The pair tied the third set evening the score at 3-3. The last two sets went to Oh who shot 29 and 28 to win the match 7-3 and advance to the final against his counterpart.
2008 U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison of Chula Vista, Calif., who came into the tournament ranked first in Men's Individual Recurve, became the first qualifier for the 2010 Archery World Cup Final in Edinburg, Great Britain, after advancing to the 1/8 eliminations, where he earned 5 more qualifying points. Ellison was defeated by Yu Xing of China, 5-1.
USA Archery resident athlete Jake Kaminski of Chula Vista, Calif., advanced to the round of 16, which included two victories over Germany's Rafael Poppenborg, 4-0; and Fujun Yong of China, 4-2. Kaminski was eliminated by Chu Sian Cheng of Malaysia, 4-2. Five-time U.S. Olympian Butch Johnson of Woodstock, Conn., opened with a 4-0 decision over Mario Valdes of China, before losing in the next round to Chia Chun Sung of Taipei, 4-0. Three-time U.S. Olympian Vic Wunderle of Charlotte, N.C., was stopped in the first round by Mongolia's Jantsan Gantugs, 4-0.
Women's Individual Recurve: The Korean team will take home all of the medals in this division. Moon Jung Kim will shoot against Bo Bae Ki for the gold, while Hyun-Jung Joo and Ok-Hee Yun will square off for the bronze.
In the semifinals Kim lost the first set against Joo, but came back in the second to tie the contest at 2-2. Kim went on to win the next two sets to seal the victory, 6-2. Kim's path to the finals included victories over Australia's Dawn Nelson, 4-2; Karina Winter of Germany, 4-2; Natalya Erdyniyeva of Russia, 4-0; and Shanshan Zhu of China, 6-0.
Ki opened the day with a 4-0 victory over USA Archery resident athlete Kristin Braun of Chula Vista, Calif., and then shutout Sophie Dodemont of France, 4-0. In the round of 16, Ki was tested by two-time U.S. Olympian Jennifer Nichols of Bryan, Texas, where a one-arrow shoot-off was needed to determine the outcome. Ki found the center 10, while Nichols slid to a nine-count. Ki's quarterfinal ended with another one-arrow shoot-off, this time against 2008 World Cup Final champion Justyna Mospinek of Poland. Ki and Mospinek flip-flopped set scores and the arrow-counts only differed by one point throughout. Ki won 6-5. Ki claimed the first set in the semifinals against Yun for a 2-0 advantage and then tied in the next two sets for a 4-2 score. Finally, Ki took the last set by just one point 28-27 to find her way to the championship.
USA Archery resident athletes Khatuna Lorig of West Hollywood, Calif., and Heather Koehl of Chula Vista, Calif., each won their first matches before being eliminated in the second round. Lorig, a four-time Olympian for three different countries, opened with a 4-0 win over Australias Alexandra Feeney, and lost to Ya-Ting Tan of Taipei, 4-0. Koehl's tournament started with a tough 4-2 decision over Sigrid Romero of Columbia, and then ended with a 4-0 defeat by Natalia Sanchez of Columbia.
The archery range at Weber State University will play host to the World Cup action on Friday with the team elimination rounds starting at 9 a.m. MDST. On Saturday, August 7 at 4 p.m. MDST, the Archery World Cup Stage 3 medal matches and championship finals will move to downtown Ogden's Lindquist Field, a minor league baseball stadium. All sessions are free and open to the public to attend. For more information visit www.ogdenwc.com or follow the live results at www.archery.org.
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