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‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands – In a shocking upset at today’s World Archery Championships team round matches, Khazakstan outscored Team USA’s recurve men to secure the highly-coveted team quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. While Team USA posted strong scores that would often have won sets, Khazakstan just won out to finish 6-0.
Individual quota spots are still on the table at the World Archery Championships, and Team USA will have additional chances to qualify a full team. The recurve women similarly went out in their first round match yesterday afternoon and will now follow the same path.
Since 1980, Team USA has always had a full men’s team in the Games, so this path to qualification is a new challenge, but one the team is ready to take.
USA Archery CEO Rod Menzer and Chief of Sport Performance Mary Emmons agreed in a joint statement: “Brady Ellison, Jack Williams and Tom Stanwood could not have been more prepared to succeed at this event. They jive as a team and have the best chemistry of team support, cohesiveness and skills. Khazakstan earned it today, but we are confident we will still earn our spots.”
The USA compound archers fared better in today’s matches, as both the men’s and women’s teams took commanding leads to sail into tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Paige Pearce, James Lutz and Kris Schaff also won early individual matches to join Braden Gellenthien in the 1/16th round. Brady Ellison and Jack Williams are still in the running for the individual recurve matches and both USA mixed teams are seeded 5thheaded into tomorrow’s matchplay.
Complete results from the competition are available at www.worldarchery.org. Photos are posted daily to USA Archery’s photo site. The finals this weekend will be live at www.olympicchannel.com/live. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.< Back to All News