USA compounds have stranglehold on World Cup team golds
Medellin (COL) - Saturday, May 17, 2014
After doing the team double in Shanghai – compound men’s and women’s gold medals – the scary USA squad repeated at Medellin.
“We’ve got a good team,” said Reo WILDE – who shoots for mixed team gold and individual bronze later in the day. “We qualified two, three and four, that’s a solid team to have.”
Along with Bridger DEATON and Braden GELLENTHIEN, the USA men’s trio were not at top form against the Netherlands, but it was more than enough.
“They had a couple of bad arrows and we had a couple of good arrows,” explained DEATON, the newest member of team USA.
At the start of the third end, they had a chance to close the match out when the Netherlands’ Ruben BLEYENDAAL leaked a shaft into the eight for the second time in the match. The USA couldn’t muster a 10, though – and three 9s levelled things up.
From then on, the States squad tightened their game. Only one arrow out of the 10 ring in nine shots secured a three-point and deliberate win. It might not have been pretty… but style doesn’t get you points on the field.
The compound women’s final was lively – what with host nation Colombia a local favourite to usurp the USA’s dominance. From start to finish in their match, Colombia struggled – much to the crowd’s disappointment.
Alejandra USQUIANO put down a couple of eights and were trailing by too big a margin to recover by the time they managed to put together a perfect 30 end and the States team let the pressure off a little.
“We wanted to give them a run for their money on home soil,” said Jamie VAN NATTA. The experienced archer had an obvious explanation for the Colombian’s difficulty: “they had much more pressure to perform.”
Just how far these States compound teams will go this season remains to be seen. “We’re two for two so far,” GELLENTHIEN reminded us. “And if you look at the scores so far, Bridger’s been the most solid of us.”
Glowing praise from the multiple World Cup Final medallist for yet another talented young compound archer from States, who looks like he’s here to stay.
See scores from the second Archery World Cup stage at Medellin 2014.