Men's team archery: South Korea shoots its way to gold, USA to silver

Men's team archery recap


NBC Olympics.com – The men's team archery competition ended today with the United States losing to South Korea in the gold medal match, winning the silver medal for the second Olympic Games in a row.

Australia defeated the People's Republic of China to win the bronze medal.

The United States' path to the gold medal match was made easier, however, when China upset reigning Olympic champion Italy, led by two-time medalist Mauro Nespoli, 6-0 in the third quarterfinal match of the afternoon.

In their own quarterfinal match, after receiving a bye, the American team met Indonesia, who had upset Chinese Taipei in the Round of 16 earlier today. It seemed as though Indonesia might be able to keep it close, as the two teams went into the third set tied 2-2, but the combination of Zach Garrett, Jake Kaminski, and Brady Ellison proved too strong for the Indonesian team, and the Americans moved on to the semifinals.

On the other side of the bracket, South Korea took a commanding lead of the Netherlands in their quarterfinal match, after the Dutch beat Spain this morning - a lead they would not relent, winning the match 6-0. South Korea continued on to face Australia, the 4-seed, who beat France in the quarterfinals, with a score of 5-3.

South Korea took on Australia in the first semifinal match of the day. Australia put up a good fight, however, South Korea was too dominant, scoring 174 out of a possible 180 points.

Then it was the United States against China for a spot in the gold medal match. The Americans came out strong, shooting a 10 nine different times on their way to face South Korea.

Before the gold medal match got underway, though, Australia and China faced off for bronze.

China looked poised for a comeback after winning the third set, but couldn't overcome the two-set deficit they found themselves in, finishing just off the podium in fourth.

The United States came out strong in the gold medal match, but Kim Woo-Jin and South Korea made it clear they would not be beat, scoring a perfect 60 in the first set and 177 out of a possible 180, putting gold out of reach for Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski once again.

Archery coverage resumes tomorrow morning at 8AM ET for the women's team competition.

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