Area Olympian wins silver medal
Oak Harbor native competes on U.S. men’s archery team
By BETSY BLANEY
LONDON (AP) — On the final arrow, the U.S. lost Olympic gold in men’s team archery.
No matter — the Americans were still thrilled to win the first U.S. medal at the London Games.
Italy topped the U.S. trio of Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie—from Oak Harbor, Ohio—by one point on Saturday for the team gold, while South Korea took the bronze.
Michele Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli hugged and raised their hands in celebration after the final arrow from Frangilli beat the Americans 219–218 at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The gold was Italy’s first ever in the event.
Frangilli, who was part of a team bronze in 1996 and won silver in Sydney four years later, called the final a “very hard fought” match.
The Americans came to London focused on the team competition, simply because they thought sharing in the experience of winning a medal would be more powerful to the group than taking one individually.
“We’ve worked so hard prior to this to build a strong team and to train as a team,” Wukie said. “And so, obviously, it paid off.”
AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report