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August 14, 2008

Wunderle Sets Sights on Friday's Final Day of Individual Competition

U.S. archer Vic Wunderle (Mason City, Ill.) is among the final 16 competitors in the men's Individual Round that will compete Friday at the Beijing Olympic Green Archery Field.

Wunderle, who is competing in his third Olympic Games, is looking to return to the medal stand after winning the individual silver at the Sydney Games in 2000.

He will face Dong-Hyun Im of Korea in the round of eight at 11:48 a.m. on Friday.

The 41st seed, Wunderle beat #24 seed Eduardo Velez of Mexico 106-102 in the first round and then upset #9 seed Ilario Di Buo' of Italy in a one arrow shootout on Wednesday. The score in the second match was tied at 108 after 12 arrows, but after Di Buo' hit an eight on his first extra shot, Wunderle closed the match with a 10.

"I think I'll need to do a little bit better in the next round to continue advancing," Wunderle said after his opening two rounds on Wednesday. "This sport comes down to who's shooting hot on given day, and I know if I have a good day, I'm capable of winning. I just have to try to make Friday a good day."

Remaining event schedule for the U.S. Team:

Friday, August 15
11:48 a.m. -- Men's Individual Round of Eight: Vic Wunderle vs. Dong-Hyun Im (KOR)
4:39 p.m. -- Men's Individual Quarterfinals
4:52 p.m. -- Men's Individual Semifinals
5:21 p.m. -- Men's Individual Bronze Medal Match
5:37 p.m. -- Men's Individual Individual Gold Medal Match

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