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Kaminski, U.S. archers move on to semifinals

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The U.S. men's archery team won a tight third set and went on to defeat Indonesia, 6-2, to advance to the Olympic semifinals against China later this afternoon at Sombodromo in the heart of the city.

Elma's Jake Kaminski had a sluggish start for the Americans, but he came through in the big moments as he had done four years ago in London. After winning the first of four sets, the U.S. lost the second, leaving the match tied at two points apiece heading to the third.

Kaminski, the leadoff shooter for the U.S., hit his first 10-point arrow (in the center) of the day to start the crucial third set, sending the Americans on to a 57-56 win and clinching at least a tie. Kaminski led off with another 10 to start the fourth set and the Indonesians faltered badly from that point on.

Kaminski had a disappointing eight in the second set, when the Americans lost and seemed to be vulnerable to a big upset. At the end of that set, the U.S. coach came up to Jake and pounded him on the shoulders, as if reminding him how clutch he had been in the big matches four years ago, and how the Americans needed him again. He did not let them down.

China crushed Italy -- which beat the U.S. for the gold in London -- in an earlier quarterfinal. Gold medal favorite South Korea swept the Netherlands to reach the other semifinal against Australia, which rallied to win the final two sets to oust France. The U.S. semifinal will go at 4:11 Rio time.

 

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