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June 07, 2011

US Recurves: Strong Start at World Cup

Though Korea ruled the day, the United States made a strong showing during the first day of qualifications at stage two of the Archery World Cup. "For the sixth time in six years the coastal town of Antalya in Southern Turkey hosts a stage of the Archery World Cup," according to World Archery Communications. "The competition runs from June 7-12, with a new all-time participation record of 375 competitors - 205 men and 170 women."

The event kicked off with a 144 arrow FITA round for recurve archers. The recurve men, shooting distances of 90, 70, 50 and 30 meters, were led by Korea's Woojin Kim, who led the category for all but one distance, qualifying number one with a score of 1381. Teammate Jin Hyek Oh took the second spot, shooting a 1362, while China's Xiaoxiang qualified fourth with 1361.

2008 Olympian Brady Ellison led the charge for Team USA, shooting a 1349 to end in 4th. Fellow Resident Athlete Joe Fanchin ended in the 19th position with 1327; he was followed by teammates Jacob Wukie in 24th, shooting a 1323, and Jake Kaminski, scoring a 1318 to qualify 28th.

For the recurve women, who shot their qualification round at 70, 60, 50 and 30 meters, Korea's Bo Bae Ki shot well enough at the first two distances to lock down the top spot, qualifying first with 1372. She was followed by teammates Dasomi Jung, scoring a 1360, and Gyeonghee Han, ending in the number three spot with 1356.

For the U.S. team, it was four-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig cracking the top five with a strong 1353. Fellow Olympian Jennifer Nichols ended her day in 16th, shooting a 1329, while World Archery Championship teammate Miranda Leek shot a 1298 to qualify 47th. Lori Cieslinski rounded out the U.S. women's team, qualifying 87th with a 1260.

In team qualifications, it was Korea, Mexico and France who led the recurve men's team category, followed by China and the U.S. Korea also led the women's team qualifications, followed by India and China. The U.S. team has qualified 7th. For mixed team, it was Korea in the top spot, followed by Great Britain and then the U.S. duo of Lorig and Ellison.

Wednesday brings the qualifications for compound archers, as well as the 1/48 and 1/24 eliminations for recurves, and 1/24 eliminations for compound women. For live scoring, visit World Archery online at

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