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June 15, 2016

USA Through to Team Medal Matches at World Cup Antalya

ANTALYA, Turkey - The third stage of the Archery World Cup continued this morning with the first two rounds of individual elimination matches, followed by team elimination matches through the semifinals.

The compound men's team of Braden Gellenthien, Bridger Deaton and Reo Wilde won all matches with wide margins to earn a spot in the gold final this weekend. Seeded 2nd, the team won 231-218 over Indonesia, 230-226 over India, and then 234-232 over Denmark and in a classic match-up, will face Italy for the gold.

The recurve men, also seeded 2nd, earned a spot in this weekend's bronze final. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Archery Team of Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Zach Garrett had a smooth 5-1 win over Malaysia in the first round. Then Germany forced a second round shoot off, which the U.S. won 27-24. The sixth seed team from Mexico also put up strong scores against the U.S. squad, winning the semifinals 5-3 to face Korea for the gold. USA will take on Brazil for the bronze.

The recurve women, who are still fighting for their team qualification spot for Rio, seeded 8th and faced Ukraine for their first match. The trio of Mackenzie Brown, Khatuna Lorig and Hye Youn Park will also likely face Ukraine tomorrow in the second round for the Final Qualification Tournament, and sent a strong message with high scores for an easy 6-2 win. The team then fell 6-2 to Korea, continuing to post strong scores, just not as high as Korea's.

The U.S. compound women's team of Crystal Gauvin, Danielle Reynolds and Dahlia Crook also had a quarterfinal exit after an upset by Russia in a shoot off. The teams tied 229-229 but Russia took the shoot off win 29-27 to advance and will shoot for gold this weekend.

In the early individual matches, Brady Ellison and Zach Garrett shot clean matches to advance to the 1/16th tomorrow. Jake Kaminski seeded 69th and has a tough bracket to climb. He upset Brazil's Bernardo Oliveira 7-3 in the first round and then knocked out No. 22 Furukawa of Japan in a one-arrow shoot off to continue tomorrow. Daniel McLaughlin, seeded 9th, was upset early in the second round in a close 6-4 match with Mexico's Serrano.

In the recurve women's bracket, Mackenzie Brown had a sweet 6-0 first match win but was upset in the second round 6-2 by No. 83 Sally Gilder of Great Britain. Hye Youn Park was upset in the first round by No. 22 Sophie Planeix of France in a one-arrow shoot off. Khatuna Lorig is the only U.S. recurve woman to advance to the 1/16th after two clean match wins this morning.

Bridger Deaton and Braden Gellenthien had byes into the 1/16th round and did not compete in this morning's matches. Reo Wilde and Steve Anderson had byes through the first match and both won their second matches to advance to tomorrow's competition.

Crystal Gauvin and Dahlia Crook had byes through their first matches, before Gauvin took on teammate Lexi Keller in the second round. Keller had won her first match 137-128 but fell to Gauvin 143-139. Gauvin will face Crook in their first match tomorrow. Danielle Reynolds escaped the USA head to head brackets this morning with a bye to the second round where she knocked out France's Vandionant 143-140.

Competition resumes tomorrow as our women's team competes for their last chance to qualify for Rio. Complete results from the event can be found here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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