Archery : London let-down still vivid for U.S. men's team

Wed Aug 3, 2016 5:13pm EDT
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By Ian Ransom

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Explaining the difference between Olympic gold and silver can be a tough ask for a disappointed runner-up, but for American archer Jake Kaminski, heartbreak can be distilled down to three-eighths of an inch.

That tiny distance separated the United States from the men's team title in London, where Michele Frangilli sealed a one-point victory for Italy at the Lord's cricket ground with the last arrow of a nerve-shredding final.

American Kaminski, silver medalist along with Brady Ellison and Jacob Wukie, has had four years to stew over a result that still rankles as he prepares to go one better in Rio de Janeiro.

"The last arrow that we missed was out of the scoring range by less than a quarter of an inch," the 27-year-old told reporters at Rio's Olympic Park precinct.

"And their last arrow was in by less than an eighth of an inch. So a combined total, we can say less than three-eighths of an inch at a distance of over 70 meters, or 77 yards (was the difference).

"It was so gusty, so unpredictable, the wind. Unfortunately, there is a level of luck that comes into play in archery.

"But luck has a way of finding its way back to you. This year we have a chance to reclaim it, get that gold."

Kaminski has returned to the Olympics with former world champion Ellison and the pair form a powerful team with debutant Zach Garrett, a 21-year-old ranked third in the world.   Continued...

Jake Kaminski of the U.S. shoots during the men's archery individual round of 32 eliminations at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Lord's Cricket Ground August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett