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Bridger and Erika collect mixed team World Cup Final title for Team USA

6 September 2014
Lausanne (SUI)
JONES dropped two points in the first five arrows, before the pair cleaned the back 11 to secure Lausanne mixed team gold on compound Saturday

The USA favourites’ opponents, host country Switzerland’s Patrizio HOFER and Clementine DE GIULI, couldn’t keep up with that stream of 10s. They found themselves on the wrong end of a 158 to 151 point differential after the full 16-arrow match.

Erika JONES was set as the female member of the mixed team as the only States’ compound women’s competitor at Lausanne. But she won World Games gold with Reo WILDE in Cali last year.

He’s competing at this World Cup Final, too – and as the top seed in the compound men’s event.

But it was Bridger DEATON who got the call up. “According to Team USA selection criteria, I got more mixed team points over the season,” explained DEATON. He and Erika won Shanghai silver to start the season, while Erika picked up Medellin bronze with Reo.

That one podium spot was the difference, since those two events were the only times either WILDE or DEATON were part of the USA compound mixed team.

Erika’s now picked up a prestigious gold with each of the two Lausanne individual semifinalists: “Reo and Bridger are both great teammates. It doesn’t really matter to me who I step onto the line with.”

Mixed team match over, both will focus on the main task at hand: the last four of this year’s World Cup Final individual competition.

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