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Local Athletes Ranked After Archery Competition Begins

Brady Ellison, who entered the Olympics as the top archer in the world, sits in tenth position

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    Jake Kaminski of the United States prepares to arch during the Archery Ranking Round Friday.

    Brady Ellison, who entered the Olympics as the top archer in the world, sits in tenth position after Friday’s preliminary ranking round.

    The ranking from Friday morning’s early action is used to determine seedings for individual and team events over the weekend.

    Other local archers Jacob Wukie and Jake Kaminski began their qualifying rounds with Kaminski reporting the team “shot well.”

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    Wukie finished with a 12th ranking. Kaminski ended the early round with an 18th ranking.

    The U.S. men earned a bye in team competitions by finishing in fourth place behind South Korea, France, and China

    A team bye means the U.S. will advance directly to Saturday's quarterfinals and avoid facing any of the top teams in that round.

    When asked whether Korea is unbeatable with three players in the top three spots, Ellison commented: "No. They have three great shooters on their team and they always dominate the ranking round...they're hard to beat in the ranking round but once you get into the stadium and there's a lot more pressure... We seem to step up under pressure a lot more than [in] these ranking rounds, and we shoot a lot better once we get [into the competition venue] so hopefully we'll continue to do that."

    The women competed as well with Khatuna Lorig ranked fourth, Miranda Leek ranked 14th and Jennifer Nichols ranked 15th after early rounds.

    "It feels amazing," Leek said."I definitely had my hopes set on being here for a very long time, and to come here and have these dreams realized is amazing.

    "Today I've officially shot arrows for score at the Olympic Games and its a very exciting experience."

    The archers lived and trained in San Diego County at the Olympic Training Center prior to leaving for London. 

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