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LAC LA BICHE, Canada – After an incredible showing in qualificationat the World Archery 3D Championships, Team USA archers shot strong through two days of matches to earn seven spots in individual finals and both teams are shooting for bronze.
Kenneth Riennas topped qualification for the instinctive men for a bye into the semifinals, where he crushed a 37-29 decision over Austria’s Berger to shoot for gold this weekend.
Heather Gore and reigning world field silver medalist Fawn Girard also earned byes into the semifinals today with field topping qualification scores in the compound and barebow women’s divisions.
Girard came up short 24-34 after missing both shots at the second target of her semifinal match – her bronze match tomorrow will be a rematch of her world field gold final against Sweden’s Bjorklund. Gore struggled on her first target, missing both of her shots there to finish 26-40 and will contest the bronze with Italy’s Franchini.
National Champion John Demmer III climbed the barebow men’s pool from an 11th place seed to the semifinals. There, he did not score on the first two targets, so he finished 13-29. Teammate Martin Dewayne, who is part of the defending world champion team, improved his performance from a quarterfinal finish in 2017, also earning a spot in the bronze final against Demmer.
Amber Yott and Calvin Smock will both represent Team USA in the longbow individual finals. Yott climbed from an 8th place qualification while Smock, the 2nd place qualifier was upset in the semifinals 28-21.
The USA men’s defending world champion team qualified 2nd and the women’s team ranked 1st; both will be shooting for bronze in tomorrow’s finals after semifinal upsets by wide margins.
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