OGDEN, Utah -- It has been reported in various Ogden publications that Al Capone would not visit this city as it was too tough.
That is not the case for the U.S. archers as they concluded the 2010 Archery World Cup Stage 3 with seven medals -- four gold, one silver and two bronze. A boisterous crowd of 2,500 assisted in the United States medal haul on Saturday night under the stadium lights of Lindquist Field that faced into the Weber Mountain range.
The men's individual compound match lived up to its billing as the rivalry between 2009 World Cup Final runner-up Braden Gellenthien of Woodbridge, Va., and El Salvador's Jorge Jimenez went to the wire, and the fifth time these two have squared off. Gellenthien took an early lead by earning the first set for a 2-0 lead.
The second and third sets were tied, but Gellenthien maintained a slim 4-2 advantage. Gellenthien climbed closer to another World Cup gold medal by winning the fourth set for a 6-2 cushion, and he cleared the hurdle in the last set by finding the center on the last three arrows for the 7-3 medal victory.
"The wind was a major factor in this match," Gellenthien said. "It was not the greatest weather conditions. I was really happy to shoot in the team event earlier tonight for a little extra experience. My preparations for this event is what separates me from the rest of the field. I was able to duplicate my shots, just like in practice.
"The last shot was dead nuts. It is incredible to do this in front of the home crowd. I feel like I'm going to cry. There is nothing like this in the world with the home crowd cheering me on."
The bronze-medal match for Rodger Willet Jr., of Glouchester, Va., was near perfect in form finding the hit zone 14 of 15 shots. He opened up a commanding lead that France's Pierre Julien DeLoche could not make up. Willet finished fourth at the 2010 Archery World Cup in Turkey earlier this year.
Men's Compound Team: 2009 World Championship gold medalist Reo Wilde of Pocatello, Idaho, paced the U.S. squad to the gold medal over Canada, 7-5. The set score swapped back and forth and the U.S. had to fight back for the victory.
Wilde was the catalyst who anchored the team title by striking the hit zone on 11 of 12 arrows. Gellenthien was solid with 10 of 12 hits. Jesse Broadwater of Jennerstown, Pa., making his first World Cup appearance, fell in the middle of the team and performed superbly in earning his first World Cup gold medal.
"It was a good night and the weather was nice, but the wind got a little tricky," Wilde said. "You have to make sure your team has a chance and to not let them down. I thought Jesse was a little nervous but pulled through well. I have friends here that have never seen an archery competition and it was great for them to see it in person and root us on from the stands."
Men's Team Recurve: The United States team claimed its first recurve team medal for the 2010 World Cup season by easily defeating China, 222-215. The squad was led by U.S. Olympians Brady Ellison of Chula Vista, Calif., and Vic Wunderle of Charlotte, N.C., in addition to USA Archery resident athlete Jake Kaminski of Chula Vista, Calif.
The trio opened the first end with a three-point advantage, 57-54. In the second end, the U.S. increased its lead by five, 114-109. The third end brought Ellison to the line first, who opened with a 9 count. Kaminski started a slew of four consecutive 10s, with Wunderle closing with a 9 count to increase their lead to 167-160.
The Americans maintained their lead to close out the round and claim the gold medal and finding the center 10-count 11 times. Kaminski, competing in his first World Cup, propelled the team by shooting two center Xs in the second end.
"Brady communicated well with each of us on how he was adjusting for the wind gusts," Kaminski said. "I would look at my surrounding and adjust accordingly. I fell back on my training and shot sequence. I was just feeling the shot. It helped in being confident in my equipment as I've been working with my equipment to make it solid."
Women's Compound Team: The gold-medal final between Team USA and Canada was alternated back and forth during the first four ends and was tied at 4-4 set points each. The U.S. squad pulled ahead in the fifth being led by a strong end from 2007 World Cup champion Jamie Van Natta of Toledo, Ohio, Diane Watson of Hudson, Fla., and 2010 World Cup Stage 2 individual champion Erika Anschutz of Hamilton, Ohio.
The three remained solid in the last end to secure their first World Cup team gold of the 2010 circuit. The match rested in the hands of the last shooter in order to keep the medal match ending in a shoot-off.
"I kept telling Jamie and Diane that Canada was giving it to us and we just needed take it," Anschutz said. "We had to believe we were worthy of it. We have gotten better all year as a team. When I let go of the last arrow it went a little to the right. I was just telling myself to make it a good shot."
Mixed Team Compound: In what has turned into a fan favorite event for international target archery, the U.S. team of Van Natta and Willet, Jr., settled for the silver medal after losing to Russia, 5-3.
Women's Individual Compound: World Indoor champion Sandrine Vandionant of France defeated Doris Jones of Canada for the gold medal, 8-4.
Van Natta and Irina Markovic of the Netherlands went the distance after being tied 5-5 after the fifth set. The sixth set was the bronze-medal clincher, only after the judge confirmed Van Natta's first of three arrows was in the hit zone as the arrow was piercing the line. Van Natta won by a 7-5 final score for her second medal of the night.
Women's Team Recurve: The Korean team, who has won every team competition since the team event was added in 1988, continued their dominance at the 2010 World Cup. This was Korea's first appearance in the 2010 World Cup and they maintained their perfection with a 209-204 victory over India for the gold medal.
Mixed Team Recurve: The Korea team jumped out to a quick lead in the Mixed Team Recurve division against Great Britain and never looked back in winning the gold, 135-129.
Women's Individual Recurve: The Korean women swept the top four positions with Moon Jung Kim defeating Bo Bae Ki, 7-1 for the gold. The bronze medal went to Ok-Hee Yun who knocked off her team member Hyun-Jung Joo, 6-0.
Men's Individual Recurve: The Korean team picked up three more medals with their precision and accuracy. When the pressure was on, the Koreans found the center 10-count to earn the needed set points for victory. Woojin Kim captured the gold by defeating team member Jin Hyek Oh, 7-3. Dong-Hyun Im, the 2009 World Championship silver medalist, took the bronze by defeating Canada's Crispin Duenas, 7-3.
The fourth and final qualifying stage for the 2010 Archery World Cup will be heading into Shang Hai, China, scheduled for August 31-Sept. 4. For more information visit www.ogdenwc.com or follow the live results at www.archery.org.
2010 Archery World Cup Stage 3 Finals & Medal Matches
Saturday, August 7
Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah
Men's Individual Recurve Gold Medal Woojin Kim (KOR) def. Jin Hyek Oh (KOR), 7-3
Men's Individual Recurve Bronze Medal Dong-Hyun Im (KOR) def. Crispin Duenas (CAN), 7-3
Women's Individual Recurve Gold Medal Moon Jung Kim (KOR) def. Bo Bae Ki (KOR), 7-1
Women's Individual Recurve Bronze Medal Oh-Hee Yun (KOR) def. Hyun-Jung Joo (KOR), 6-0
Men's Individual Compound Gold Medal Braden Gellenthien (USA) def. Jorge Jimenez (ESA), 7-3
Men's Individual Compound Bronze Medal Rodger Willet, Jr. (USA) def. Pierre Julien DeLoche (FRA), 8-2
Women's Individual Compound Gold Medal Sandrine Vandionant (FRA) def Doris Jones (CAN), 8-4
Women's Individual Compound Bronze Medal Jamie Van Natta (USA) vs. Irina Markovic (NED), 7-5
Men's Team Recurve Gold Medal USA def. China, 222-215
Women's Team Recurve Gold Medal Korea def. India, 209-204
Mixed Team Recurve Gold Medal Korea def. Great Britain, 135-129
Men's Team Compound Gold Medal USA def. Canada, 7-5
Women's Team Compound Gold Medal USA def. Canada, 8-4
Mixed Team Compound Gold Medal Russia def. USA, 5-3