The last Olympic qualification tournament started in Paris on Saturday with qualification.
The USA recurve men’s team of Brady Ellison (689), Jack Williams (674) and Jacob Wukie (668) scored a combined 2031 points for the 72-arrow ranking round in the French capital to lead the 36 teams competing for three Olympic team quota places.
“We came here expecting to shoot good. We had some ups and downs, but we shot well,” said Olympic medalist Wukie, who is making his return to the US squad at this event.
“We’re looking forward to the team rounds. I expect some really good matches.”
Having won back-to-back silver medals at the Olympics, the USA men are now favorites to increase their one spot at the Games to a full team quota.
The North American nation was joined by teams from France, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Canada in the top eight seeds.
Canadians Crispin Duenas (670), Brian Maxwell (674) and Eric Peters (653) scored 1997 points and became the second team from the Americas to receive a bye into the second round of eliminations.
Mexico (1980) and Brazil (1980) finished 1th and 13th respectively are also in the race, just having to win one more match to achieve the goal in Paris.
Unfortunately, the Colombian men in 26th position with 1917 points didn’t make the cut and lost its chance for a team ticket to the Games.
The top three teams will win the places.
In the individual ranking rounds, Nicholas D’Amour of the US Virgin Islands was ninth with 667. Oscar Ticas was 14th with 663, Adrian Muñoz 17th with 661, Damian Jajarabilla 38th with 646, Thomas Flossbach 39th with 644 and Diego Castro 76th with 614.
The recurve men’s team qualifier concludes this afternoon.