COBDEN, IL (KFVS) - A Cobden man won the gold medal in the Men's Olympic Recurve competition.
Forrest Blakley was the single archer representing Shawnee Community College at the competition. It was held in May at the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships in Harrisburg, Virginia.
Blakley beat out competitors from Penn State, Texas A & M, University of California at San Diego and the University of California at Berkley in the quarterly and semi final rounds to secure the national championship.
The three-day championship featured 249 archers representing 37 colleges and universities.
Blakley became interested in archery 10 years ago and since then he has traveled all over the country and internationally, competing and winning in both individual and team recurve events.
He is a sophomore at Shawnee Community College studying in the Associate of Arts Degree program.
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