LONDON -- The Americans said not to put too much stock in South Korea's dominance during the ranking round. They were right. The U.S. team, led by the clutch late shooting of Elma native Jake Kaminski, upset South Korea, 224-219, in the semifinals to earn a chance at gold against Italy.
The U.S. men started slowly again in the semifinals. But they hit their stride late, as both Kaminki and Jacob Wukie scored 10s on the last three of their eight arrows. Korea's Im Dong-hyun, who smashed his own world record in Friday's qualifying, wasn't at his best before the enthusiastic crowd in the stadium.
Brady Ellison, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, wasn't at his absolute best, either, but his two American teammates carried the day when it counted. The U.S. ended South Korea's reign of three straight Olympic gold medals. They will attempt to begin their own streak against Italy in the 6:01 BST final.