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August 15, 2023

USA pair help set the pace in Paris as World Cup Stage #4 gets underway

PARIS, France – Kris Schaff and James Lutz were two of four archers in the compound men’s event to shoot a qualification-high 713 on Tuesday during day one of the Archery World Cup Stage #4.

With tie-breakers taken into account, Schaff will go into Thursday’s elimination rounds as the third seed and Lutz will be fourth. Schaff faces Juan Andres Vargas (CHI), with Lutz tackling Wong Tze Ling (HKG).

A win for Schaff would set up a potential all-American clash, should Braden Gellenthien come through his 1/32nd round match against Sebastian Arenas (COL). Gellenthien is seeded 35th after shooting 702 in qualification.

The fourth member of the compound men’s team is Sawyer Sullivan. He qualified 26th after shooting 704 and meets 60-year-old Matus Durny (SVK) first up on Thursday.

Lutz, Schaff and Sullivan will make up the compound men’s team. They are seeded number two, behind Korea, and have a bye until the 1/8th round. They await the winner of Malaysia vs. Guatemala at the quarterfinal stage. Team eliminations take place on Wednesday.

Schaff has a busy few days coming up. As well as team elimination on Wednesday and individual play on Thursday, he will compete alongside Alexis Ruiz on Friday in the compound mixed team eliminations. The pair, as fourth seeds, have a bye until the 1/8th round, where they will take on either Croatia or host nation France.

Ruiz, who won mixed team gold at the recent World Archery Championships in Berlin, was 13th in compound women qualification, with a score of 701. She will be joined in the compound women’s team by Olivia Dean and World Cup debutant Carson Krahe. As ninth seeds, they face Estonia (8) on Wednesday, with the winner meeting top seeds India in the quarterfinals.

In the individual eliminations on Thursday, Ruiz meets teammate Cassidy Cox in the 1/32nd round. Dean starts against Wang Lu-Yun (TPE), with Krahe facing 14th seed Mariya Shkolna of Luxembourg.

Compound competition takes up the morning session on Wednesday, before the recurve archers step into the Charléty Stadium in the afternoon.

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