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