U.S. Archers claim three gold medals in Nimes Twenty-six archers from the United States joined 1100 archers from 30 different countries in Nimes, France this past weekend, in search of gold medals at the European Indoor Tournament of Nimes.
Twenty-six archers from the United States joined 1100 archers from 30 different countries in Nimes, France this past weekend, in search of gold medals at the European Indoor Tournament of Nimes, which also serves as the first stage of the Archery World Cup Indoor Challenge. Archers shot a qualification round consisting of two 30-arrow rounds at 18 meters, followed by an elimination round for the top 32 in each category, while remaining archers went on to participate in a secondary tournament.
Following the qualification round, the Korean women largely dominated their group, with Mi Jin Yun qualifying first with a 585. Yun was followed by Natalya Erdynieva (RUS), scoring 583, and Korean teammate Yu Mi Kim, shooting a 580. U.S. archers competing in this category included Kristin Braun (Chula Vista, CA) and Brandi Mantha (Princeton, NJ).
On the menís side, it was the United States on top, with Olympian and World Cup Final Gold Medalist Brady Ellison (Chula Vista, CA) qualifying first with a near-perfect 595. Sebastian Rohrberg (GER) finished in the second position, scoring a 590; Michele Frangili (ITA) qualified third with the same score. U.S. National Champion Jake Kaminski (Chula Vista, CA) achieved a fourth-place ranking, shooting a 587. Other entries from the U.S. included Resident Athlete Nick Kale (Chula Vista, CA), Doug Denton (Stansbury, UT), George Tekmitchov (Salt Lake City, UT), and Mahesh Mantha (Princeton, NJ).
U.S. compound archers fared very well in the qualification round; for the womenís group, Inge Van Caspel (NED) scored a 583 to qualify first; U.S. National Champion Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, OH) shot the same score to qualify in the second position. Rikki Bingham (GBR) ranked third, just a point behind with a 582.
For the men, Italyís Sergio Pagini achieved a top ranking with a 595; however, the Americans locked up 9 of the top 20 qualifying positions, with Braden Gellenthien (Woodbridge, VA) taking the second spot, shooting a 595; current World Champion Reo Wilde (Pocatello, ID) ranked third with his score of 594. Fellow Americans Dave Cousins (Standish, ME), Shane Wills, Ben Cleland (Swanton, OH), and Kevin Wilkey (Tooele, UT) qualified fourth through seventh, with a 594, 593, 592 and 591 respectively.
Additionally, Darrin Christenberry, Jesse Broadwater (Jennerstown, PA) earned 12th and 13th place rankings with a 591 and 590, while Logan Wilde qualified 19th with a 589. Other U.S. archers in the compound menís category included George Ryals (Snellville, GA), Brandon Reyes (Madison Heights, VA), Jimmy Butts (Schenectady, NY), Rodger Willett (Gloucester, VA), Chris Deston (Glastonbury, CT) and Derek Phillips.
The United States also had two entries in the youth divisions, with Hunter Jackson (Waterford, MI) qualifying 2nd in the compound women junior group, shooting a 569, and Megan Mantha (Princeton, NJ) competing in the recurve women cadet category.
Notable U.S. finishes in the Secondary tournament included Brandon Reyes finishing second for the compound men, shooting a perfect 120 for his twelve-arrow score. Rodger Willett took fourth place in the same