London, England – The United States scored an upset victory against South Korea in the semifinals of the men's archery team competition on Saturday.
South Korea had won the last three gold medals in the event, and looked to be the favorite after breaking its 216-arrow world record in Friday's ranking round. During that stage, Im Dong-Hyun, who is legally blind in one eye, broke his own world record.
But the Americans, who were the last country other than South Korea to win gold in the men's team competition, posted a 224-219 victory in the 24-arrow match. The team of Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie out-pointed the Koreans in the final three ends -- a combination of point totals from six shots -- to pull off the win.
The U.S. moved on to Saturday's gold medal match for the first time since 1996, and will face Italy, which edged Mexico by two points in the semifinals. The Italians won silver in 2008.
Mexico and South Korea will square off for bronze.
Saturday's competition features an elimination round, along with quarterfinals, semifinals and the two medal bouts.
The U.S. and South Korea received byes into the quarterfinals based on the strength of their qualifying performances, along with China and France.
The Americans scored a comeback win against Japan in the quarterfinals, winning by just one point. The Japanese had beaten India in an elimination match shootoff, then were leading the Americans. But a strong performance in the final two ends gave the U.S. the win.
South Korea won its quarterfinal match against the Ukraine, which had earlier ousted Great Britain.
China, which won bronze four years ago, lost to Italy in the quarters.