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U.S. men's archery clinches first U.S. medal of London Olympics

July 28, 2012|By Helene Elliott
  • U.S. archery men's team members Brady Ellison, center, Jake Kaminski, left, and Jacob Wukie celebrate as they defeat South Korea in the semifinals.
U.S. archery men's team members Brady Ellison, center, Jake Kaminski,… (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty…)

LONDON -- The three members of the men’s archery team will become the first American athletes to win a medal at the London Olympic Games after rallying to defeat Japan in the quarterfinal and upsetting favored South Korea in the semifinal at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The U.S. men were scheduled to face Italy in the final Saturday evening London time.

Jake Kaminski of Elma, N.Y., Brady Ellison of Glendale, Ariz., and Jacob Wukie of Oak Harbor, Ohio, displayed nerves of steel while assuring themselves of the first archery medal for the U.S. since 2000.

The trio combined to defeat Japan, 220-219, despite trailing after six “ends,” or innings. The three then defeated South Korea, 224-219, as Kaminski and Wukie each finished with three perfect 10 scores.

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