RIO DE JANEIRO -- Elma native Jake Kaminski and the three-man U.S. archery team finished second in qualifying today to move directly into Saturday's quarterfinal round at the Sambodromo Archery Range.
The Americans, who won silver in the event in 2012, put up a score of 2,024, 33 points behind the powerful team from South Korean. The South Koreans set the world record in qualifying in London, only to get stunned by the U.S. threesome in the semifinals. Italy went on to win the 2012 team gold medal on the final arrow of the competition.
Just four points separated third from fifth in qualifying, which suggests another tight and thrilling medal round. Italy was third with 2,007 points, then Australia with 2,005 and France with 2,003.
Brady Ellison, the world's third-rated male archer, led the U.S. with 690, which ranked second overall behind South Korean's Woojin Kim. Zach Garrett 21, sixth in the world and competing in his first Olympics, was second among the Americans with 674 and 15th overall. Kaminski was 31st with 660 points.
The U.S. will wait for the survivors in the morning elimination rounds and compete in the quarterfinal round at 3:15 p.m. Four years ago, they were fourth in qualifying despite ranking first in the world. But Kaminski had a huge effort as they upset South Korea -- the 2004 and 2008 gold medalist -- in the semifinals.