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Loesch Finishes Eighth in Women’s Individual Event

April 13, 1996

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) _ Kathie Loesch of Houston advanced to the quarterfinals in the women’s individual event Friday before losing to Korea’s Kyung-Wook Kim 109-93 in the Atlanta Grand Prix Archery tournament.

Loesch’s eighth-place finish was the highest for an American in the event.

``I felt good in the morning match but I felt like I was a little wild,″ said Loesch, who beat favored Ying He of China 150-148 to advance to the quarterfinals. ``On Wednesday, my shots felt really controlled but today they didn’t.″

Kim eventually lost 113-106 to Xiaozhu Wang of China in the gold-medal match.

Turkey’s Elif Altinkaynak won the bronze medal with a 106-98 victory over Cornelia Pfohl of Germany.

The Grand Prix is one of six events that count in selection of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Archery team. Janet Dykman of El Monte, Calif., remains in first place, followed by Judi Adams of Scottsdale, Ariz., Lindsay Langston of Mesa, Ariz., Jessica Carlson of Schoolcraft, Mich., Loesch, Ruth Rowe of McLean, Va., Natalie Wells of San Jose, Calif. and Janet Barrs of Salt Lake City, Utah. The sixth and final event to determine the three men and women who will compete in the Olympics will be held Monday at Stone Mountain Park.

The men’s individual event in the Grand Prix ends Saturday. A team event will be held Sunday.

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