All aquiver: U.S. strikes more golds in World Cup finale

Aug 6 2011 - 11:02pm

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(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner) Erika Anschutz (right) hugs teammate Jamie Van Natta after winning the world compound team gold medal round at Lindquist Field in Ogden on Saturday.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner) Erika Anschutz (right) hugs teammate Jamie Van Natta after winning the world compound team gold medal round at Lindquist Field in Ogden on Saturday.

OGDEN -- The United States took gold in all three team events and American archers grabbed gold in four-of-five events during Saturday's Archery World Cup finale at Lindquist Field.

Team USA netted 10 medals -- including seven golds -- throughout the final World Cup leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

After Friday night's recurve finals, it was the compound shooters' turn as archers participated in three team and two individual events.

Action heated up early in the women's team event as team Canada logged four 10s in the third end to beat France 222-216 in the bronze medal round.

After setting a new world record with their score of 236 during Thursday's semifinals, Team USA's Erika Anschutz, Christie Colin, and Jamie Van Natta logged three consecutive 10s in the third end on their way to a 228-218 win over India capturing their second straight gold in Ogden.

"We know each other so well," said Christie Colin who picked up a third gold in the team event on the year. "We watch each other make a shot, we know if they did something wrong, and we know what they need to hear to get back on track."

The drama continued as Iran and France went down to the wire in the men's team event. Tied at 173 going into the fourth end, Team Iran nailed five consecutive 10s and pulled out a 232-231 win for the bronze.

The crowd erupted as the men's team -- including the Wilde brothers Logan from West Jordan and Reo from Pocatello, Idaho -- were introduced before their gold-medal match with Canada.

Along with teammate Braden Gellenthien, the U.S. shot a perfect second end on their way to a 234-229 win.

Gellenthien and Colin each picked up their second gold of the night beating Italy 158-151 and tying a world record 14-straight 10s in the process.

In the women's individual bronze round, Italy's Laura Longo defeated Iran's Mahtab Parsamehr 133-127 before No. 1-ranked Anschutz grabbed silver for the U.S. after closing a three-point deficit in the fifth end to force a shoot-off before Italy's Marcella Tonioli took the gold on the final arrow.

With three of four archers coming from the U.S., Team USA was poised to sweep the podium of the men's individual event before reigning world champion Sergio Pagni of Italy denied the all-American podium and deflated hometown fans with his 147-145 defeat of Reo Wilde in the bronze medal match.

In the championship round, Rodger Willet Jr. hoped to nab his third consecutive title of 2011 facing teammate Gellenthien who left Ogden with the gold last year.

Gellenthien received a foul for an early start in the first end and Willet jumped out to an early two-point lead.

The lead held and Willet was perfect in the third and fifth ends shooting 11 10s throughout the match capturing a 147-145 win and a third consecutive World Cup gold in men's individual compound.

"I consider him (Gellenthien) and Reo as the two best archers in the world," Willet said. "And every time I have to shoot against them I get very nervous and very scared."

Archers will shoot the fourth stage in Shanghai on Sept. 5 before the World Cup Finals are held on Sept. 24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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