West Hollywood resident Khatuna Lorig advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic women's archery individual competition Thursday by defeating Ming Cheng of China, 7-3, in a round of 16 match at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
Lorig will face Berengere Schuh of France in quarterfinal beginning at 6 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time today that will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com. Archery coverage will be shown on a delayed basis from 11:20 a.m.-noon on cable's NBC Sports Network.
Schuh was 37th in Friday's individual ranking round, while Lorig was fourth.
Lorig won the first set against Cheng, 29-26, with 10s on her first and third arrows and a nine on her second. The second set ended in a 27-27 tie with Cheng scoring an eight on the final arrow.
Cheng won the third set, 28-26, tying the match at 3-3. Cheng had a 10 on her final arrow. Lorig needed a nine on her final arrow to tie the set and a 10 to win it, but only managed a seven, her worst shot of the match.
Lorig won the fourth set, 30-28, with 10s on all three of her arrows.
Both archers had eights on their first arrows of the fifth set. Cheng, shooting first, had her worst arrow of the match on her second arrow with a seven. Lorig responded with a 10 for an 18-15 lead.
Cheng had a 10 on her final arrow, forcing Lorig to shoot at least a seven for a tie that would have clinched the match. Lorig had an eight on her final arrow for a 26-25 victory, avenging a 6-0 loss in the World Cup in September.
Cheng, ranked sixth in the world, was 20th in individual ranking round.
Schuh defeated Hyeonju Choi of South Korea, 6-5, in her round of 16 match, winning in a shoot-off.
Each match is the best of five sets, with each set consisting of three arrows per archer. The winner of each set receives two points. If a set is tied, each archer receives one point.
If Lorig defeats Schuh, she would advance to a semifinal beginning 6:52 a.m. The winning semifinalists will meet for the gold medal at 7:37 a.m., while the losing semifinalists will meet for the bronze medal at 7:21 a.m.
All the semifinal and medal matches will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com.
The United States has not won a medal in women's archery since 1988.
Lorig won a bronze medal in the team event in 1992, competing for the Unified Team, as the team representing 12 of the republics of the former Soviet Union was known.
Lorig competed for her native Georgia in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and became a U.S. citizen in 2007. She finished fifth in the individual event in the 2008 Olympics, the best performance by a U.S. archer, male or female.
The 38-year-old Lorig is the final U.S. archer competing in the London Games.