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MEDELLIN, Colombia - Brady Ellison, Collin Klimitchek, Reo Wilde, Crystal Gauvin and Mackenzie Brown secured tickets to Mexico City for the Archery World Cup Final today as the fourth stage of the circuit determined individual medal matches.
Paige Pearce outshot all opponents with ease. With consistently high scores Pearce swooped in on the gold final against home-field Colombia's Sara Lopez this weekend.
On the men's side, Wilde, seeded 2nd, had a tough semifinal match against No. 11 Sebastien Peineau of France. Peineau posted an 89/90 with his first 9 arrows. Finishing down by just one point, Wilde's 146 put him through to the bronze final.
Ellison, unprecedented 3-time World Cup Final winner clinched his invitation to his sixth circuit final.
As #UpsetWatch trended on Twitter, the U.S. archers struggled to make medal matches. Brown, seeded 8th, had high hopes for this event after winning the last stage in Poland. However, Brown was stopped short with an upset in the 1/16th by Karla Hinojosa of Mexico in a one-arrow shoot off. Ariel Gibilaro met a similar fate, upset in the 1/24th by Pranitha Vardhineni of India in another shoot off.
Steve Anderson and reigning World Cup Final Champion, Bridger Deaton were unfortunately seeded to face each other in the 1/8th round. Deaton upset the No. 3 seed in a shoot off after scoring matching 145s.
Collin Klimitchek, a frontrunner for the World Cup Final, earned a 5th place seed in qualification. Klimitchek struggled with a 24 in his first set and although the remainder of the match was close, he fell 6-2 in the 1/16th.
Danielle Reynolds, also seeded 5th, met the same fate Klimitchek in the 1/16th with a 144-140 upset. Crystal Gauvin was upset in the same round by just one point 139-140 in a close match with Anastasia Anastasio of Italy.
Competition resumes tomorrow with team elimination matches through the semifinals. The recurve men, seeded 2nd have a clear shot at a medal, while the women, 5th have a bye into the quarterfinals. The compound men and women, both seeded 1st are pre-seeded into the semifinals. Follow as U.S. looks to medal in Medellin this week with live stream and live scores here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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