LONDON, England - Former James Madison archer Jacob Wukie (Oak Harbor, Ohio) helped lead the United States archery team to a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, Saturday, July 28, the first of the games for the country. This was the first medal for Wukie and the U.S. picked up a medal after not medaling in the event the past 12 years, dating back to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The American squad of Wukie, current world No. 1 Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski were in a quarterfinal battle with Japan, as the fourth-seeded U.S. escaped with a one-point victory on the 24-arrow match, 220-219. The U.S. rallied in the final round of six arrows after trailing by one, outscoring Japan by two at 55-53 to advance to the semifinals
In the semifinals, the U.S. took on top-seeded South Korea, who was the three-time defending Olympic champions and had set a new world record for team ranking round yesterday. The Americans trailed by two after the first six arrows, one after 12 arrows and led by one through 18 arrows. In the final six arrows, the U.S. pulled away, hitting five 10-point shots as compared to just one for the South Koreans to outscore the top seed 59-55 and take the 224-219 victory.
Guaranteed a medal, the Italians were the foe in the gold medal match. The U.S. started slow, giving up two-point advantages in the first two rounds to trail 110-106 through 12 arrows. The Americans rallied to cut the margin to two after the next six arrows but couldn't come all the way back, putting up 55 points in the final six arrows, while Italy had 54 and held on for the 219-218 victory.
South Korea earned the bronze medal with a 224-219 victory over Mexico.
Individually, Wukie is slated to take on Jayanta Talukdar of India in the round of 64 on July 30 and August 1, with the winner advancing on those same days. Wukie and Talukdar actually shot together on the same target during the ranking round. The remaining rounds, including the medal matches, will be held on Friday, August 3. Following the completion of the rankings round, the competition goes to a 64-person bracket, with the top seed taking on the No. 64 seed and so on through the bracket.