Casey Kaufhold and Jack Williams win recurve mixed team silver at Medellin Archery World Cup

Jack Williams competes in the 2022 Archery World Cup Stage 4 Men’s Recurve Final on July 24, 2022 in Medellin, Colombia.

Olympians Casey Kaufhold and Jack Williams will return from Medellin, Colombia with a silver medal.

The American duo concluded the Archery World Cup in Medellin with a silver medal in the recurve mixed team event on Sunday.

It is Kaufhold’s third straight World Cup medal in the event, winning silver in Gwangju, South Korea in May and gold in Paris in June. Both of these medals were earned in competition alongside three-time Olympic medalist Brady Ellison.

It was the first mixed team event of Williams’ World Cup career, and he has a silver medal to show for it.

Kaufhold, 18, and Williams, 22, were seeded No. 4 in the playoff bracket after compiling 1,336 points in qualifying. This earned them a bye to the first round of the elimination bracket. They then beat the Czech Republic, 6-0.

The Americans didn’t have much more trouble with No. 5 Mexico in the quarterfinals, as Team USA won that match, 6-2.

They then beat defending Olympic gold medalists from South Korea, An San and Kim Je Deok, in the semifinals on Friday.

“We shot a lot of matches against Korea, so it feels good to win one,” Kaufhold told the World Archery website.

Their run ended in the final, however, when the Americans lost to 7th-placed Chinese Taipei, 5-4.

Williams also had a deep run in the classic men’s individual event. Earning the No. 3 seed through qualifying, Williams lasted until the semifinals before losing to No. 2 – and eventual gold medalist – Kim Woojin of South Korea. Williams finished fourth after losing 6-4 to Spaniard Miguel Alvarino Garcia in the bronze medal match.

The United States has also had success in non-Olympic compound events in Medellin. James Lutz won the men’s event, then added silver in the mixed team (with Linda Ochoa-Anderson) and bronze in the men’s team (Braden Gellenthien and Tate Morgan).

Earnest A. Martinez