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July 09, 2023

Double-digit medal haul for USA as World Archery Youth Champs draw to a close

LIMERICK, Ireland – Team USA departs Ireland with 10 medals from the World Archery Youth Championships, made up of three gold, three silver and four bronze.

Double world champion Dewey Hathaway leaves with two gold and a bronze, those medals coming in the compound U18 individual, mixed team and team events. In the team event, he was partnered with Grady Kane and Landyn Cox.

Olivia Dean is also a world champion. She joined forces with Hathaway to win the compound U18 mixed team title. She was also part of the compound U18 women’s team that took silver, along with Leann Drake and Liko Arreola. Drake and Arreola also won silver and bronze respectively in the individual event.

Sydney Sullenberger returns home with an individual gold and team bronze, in the compound U21 women's division. Her bronze medal-winning teammates were Makenna Proctor and Carson Krahe. The compound U21 men of Isaac Sullivan, Sawyer Sullivan and Nathan Wilken also received a bronze medal for their superb efforts.

Recurve success came from Gabrielle Sasai and Christian Stoddard. They took second spot and a silver medal in the U18 mixed team.

Throughout a week in which the best of the USA often emerged in the worst of conditions, the team came together as one. There were strong performances throughout, and this was a group which played with guts and grace, proudly representing the Stars and Stripes.

The grace element was highlighted at the end of a gripping compound U18 mixed team gold medal match, when the British archer appeared to have an equipment malfunction, handing victory to Dean and Hathaway. Rather than celebrate their victory, both USA archers played down the moment with Dean later saying she felt the pain of her opponent.

As with all major competitions, the team heads back across the Atlantic with a mix of delight and disappointment. Some head straight to Des Moines, IA for the upcoming week’s JOAD Target Nationals. Others head home to prepare for the Buckeye Classic in Dublin, OH, which takes place from July 28-30.

Results are available here for the World Archery Youth Championships, while you can re-live the event with the photo galleries from Ireland.

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