With his bow powered by TradTech limbs, John Demmer III claimed the silver medal in the Men’s Barebow Archery division at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

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This is the most prestigious, podium finish ever for a TradTech product.

Held every four years, the World Games is the highest level of competition in the world for barebow archers, who consider the tournament to be their Olympics.

Only 12 archers from 10 countries around the world compete in the World Games. Spots for the represented nations were earned last year at the World Archery Field Championships in Dublin.

Demmer, of Pennsylvania, who competes with a Gillo riser and TradTech RC Carbon/Wood Recurve Limbs, earned the U.S. spot in the World Games competition by finishing in the top 10 in Dublin. Then, he won the right to represent the U.S. in Wroclaw by finishing first in Men’s Barebow at the 2017 U.S. National Field Championships in Darrington, Wash., in June.

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Demmer shot well during the qualification round in the World Games, finishing in sixth place. He won his early head-to-head matches in the elimination round, and wound up in the quarterfinals, where he faced Giuseppe Seimandi of Italy – the two-time defending World Games champion.

In an upset victory, Demmer cruised past Seimandi to reach the semifinals. There, he shot against No. 2 seed, Martin Ottosson of Sweden. Ottosson jumped out to an early lead in that match, before Demmer clawed his way back with consistent shooting to take the win, earning a spot in the gold medal match.

In the finals, Demmer competed against veteran field archer Istvan Kakas of Hungary. The match went neck and neck, with the pair tied heading into the last target. There, Kakas’ accuracy was just a little better than Demmer’s, and he won the gold medal by a score of 54-51, with Demmer claiming silver.

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