Two Americans Advance in Men’s Archery
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) _ Young and old alike were shooting straight Tuesday for the United States.
Butch Johnson and Justin Huish, two Americans with 20 years difference in age, advanced into the round of 16 in men’s individual archery with two victories each.
A third American, Rod White, won in the first round before being eliminated in the afternoon round.
Johnson, 41, of Woodstock, Conn., capped his day with a 164-157 victory over Australia’s Matthew Gray. Earlier Tuesday, Johnson mastered a slight wind and Slovenia’s Matevz Krumpstar to win 158-140.
``I couldn’t figure out the wind for the first six arrows,″ Johnson said. ``But once I got it figured out, I was OK.″
In both of his matches, Huish, 21, of Fountain Valley, Calif., took the lead for good after three arrows. He beat Kazakstan’s Sergei Martynov 166-157 in the first round, and followed that with a 166-155 victory over England’s Gary Hardinges.
``I did pretty good. I wasn’t as shook up as I thought I’d be,″ Huish said. ``I was just testing the water. This is definitely a fun experience.″
White, a 19-year-old from Hermitage, Pa., was eliminated in the second round, a 159-158 loss to Belgium’s Paul Vermeiren, who hit a 10 on his last arrow of the match.
In the first round, White had won 161-152 over Russia’s Badenov. That avenged White’s loss to Badenov in the title match at the 1993 World Junior Championships.
In other action Tuesday, the world’s No. 1 archer eliminated the 1992 Olympic gold medalist.
Norway’s Martinus Grove won 161-158 over France’s Sebastien Flute, who won the gold at the Barcelona Games. The match was tied at the halfway point before Grove built a seven-point lead with three shots to go.
The final rounds of the men’s individual competition are Thursday.
Janet Dykman of El Monte, Calif., is in the round of 16 of women’s archery that will be completed Wednesday. Dykman, the 17th-ranked archer in the Olympic tournament, takes on Wang Xiaozhi of China, who Monday upset top-ranked Lina Herasymenko of Ukraine.