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SHANGHAI, China - The compound finals of the first leg of the Hyundai Archery World Cup season today saw Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho) front and center for three bronze finals: team, mixed team, and individual.
In the team competition, Wilde shot with Steve Anderson (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Massachusetts). The U.S. trio picked up a point advantage in each of the first two ends. In the third end, France dropped a 7 and the door opened wide for a clean U.S. victory as they took the win 229-225.
Anderson commented: "We were disappointed not to make the gold medal match, so we wanted to have fun and shoot well in the bronze match. We all had fun and Reo and Braden shot well."
Wilde and Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, Ohio) took on India in the mixed team bronze final. The U.S. took an early one-point lead and never looked back. Finally increasing the lead in the final end, they took the win 153-151.
In his third and final match of the day, Wilde faced Australia's Patrick Coghlan - who had not won an individual world cup podium spot since 2010. Wilde opened strong with a two-point lead after two ends, but then Coghlan caught up by a point each end to clinch the win 144-143.
Competition continues tomorrow with recurve finals as USA archers shoot for women's team gold and mixed team gold. The events will be streamed live on the NBC Sports App and website. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Photo by World Archery.
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