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May 17, 2022

USA Youth Standouts Take the Field in Normandy for ISF Gymnasiade

NORMANDY, France – The ISF Gymnasiade is a prestigious multi-sport event for student athletes age 16-18. 3,500 athletes from 63 countries are competing in 20 sports in Normandy this week and a stellar lineup of rising USA archers took the field today for qualification.

60-meter double round world record holder Emma Kim, the highest ranked U18 recurve archer in the U.S., was sitting in the top three for most of today’s round. Kim finished qualification fourth with 661, in good stead for upcoming matches. USA’s Ailene Pak and Elizabeth Workman ranked 13th and 15th respectively with 633 and 632, seeding the women’s team 3rd behind Chinese Taipei and Turkey.

Standouts from USA Archery’s new National Elite Development Program (along with Pak), Christian Stoddard and Ewan An qualified 16th and 22nd for the recurve men with 636 and 617 respectively, and new Resident Athlete Landon Richardson was 23rd with a 614 to rank the team 6th. Stoddard and Kim are also seeded 5th for the mixed team event.

In the compound competition, USA Archery’s Regional Elite Development Team Southeast archers Kyler Grissom and William Fowler posted 659 and 655 respectively to qualify 10th and 11th.

Results from the competition are available via the ISF. Competition is on hiatus tomorrow for cultural events but resumes Thursday for individual and mixed team elimination matches. Friday’s competition features a fun international mixed team event that partners archers from different countries after the recurve team event in the morning. Medal matches are scheduled to broadcast Saturday on the Olympic Channel. Photos courtesy of John Kim.

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