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August 17, 2023

Number of near misses for Team USA as competition heats up in Paris

PARIS, France – It was a day of narrow margins at the World Cup Stage #4 on Thursday, as team recurve and individual compound competition stepped into the spotlight.

In the compound men, all four came through their opening matches, before Braden Gellenthien got the better of teammate Kris Schaff in the 1/16th round. It was at this stage where James Lutz and Sawyer Sullivan also fell, despite both scoring 10s in their one-arrow shootoffs. Gellenthien pushed on into the 1/8th round but went out to eventual semifinalist Jean Pizarro (PUR).

There was a similar fate awaiting Alexis Ruiz in the compound women. She defeated compatriot Cassidy Cox in the 1/32nd round, and won through to the 1/8th round before losing to Ella Gibson (GBR), who would go on to fight through to Saturday’s semifinals.

Talented teenager Olivia Dean lost by one point in her opening match, while the equally-impressive Carson Krahe - on her debut - won through to the 1/16th round, where a single point was again the difference in her contest with Ana Sofia Hernandez Jeon (MEX).

Both recurve teams fell at the 1/8th round. The men were defeated by Spain, who finished fourth, with the women’s trio edged by Italy in a shootoff to lose 5-4.

Individual recurve competition resumes on Friday. In the recurve women, Casey Kaufhold plays Nicoleta Clima (MDA), with Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez facing Elif Berra Gokkir (TUR). Gabrielle Sasai’s next opponent is Lei Chien-Ying (TPE), while Catalina GNoriega has Caroline Lopez of France.

On the men’s side, Brady Ellison faces Maximilian Weckmueller (GER), Jackson Mirich tackles Jeff Henckels (LUX), with Jack Williams meeting fifth seed Marcus D’Almeida (BRA).

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