The trio of Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Zach Garrett won the bronze medal Sunday at the archery world cup in Antalya, Turkey, serving notice that the United States is intent on repeating the team performance that resulted in a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The United States is ranked as the world’s No. 3 team and was the odds-on favorite to bring home the medal over No. 18-ranked Brazil. The Americans held form, taking a 6-0 victory in their final international event before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The U.S. threesome broke on top early as Brazil stumbled out of the gate with a pair of sevens and a six while the Americans were scoring eights and nines. Despite a pair of 10s on its last two arrows, Brazil was on the short end of a 52-49 score to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
Brazil found some rhythm in the second set, but Kaminski and Garrett kept the pressure on with 10s on both their arrows to propel the Americans to 57 points to Brazil’s 52 to go up 4-0.
Both teams improved their scores throughout the match, as Brazil posted 56 in the third set, but it was not enough to overcome the strong American showing. They scored 59 points to secure the set, match and bronze medal.
Korea solidified its world No. 1 ranking, taking the gold with a commanding 6-0 win (54-51, 58-56, 54-53) over Mexico, which had defeated the United States in the semifinals.
All three U.S. archers are ranked among the world’s top 25 individually, with two-time Olympian Ellison slotted at No. 2, Garrett at No. 7 and 2012 Olympian Kaminski ranked No. 25.
With his performance at the Antalya world cup, Ellison earned an invitation to his seventh consecutive World Cup Final, to be held in September in Odense, Denmark. Also invited is Zach Garrett, who won individual silver at the first world cup stop this year.