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U.S. Archers Win Gold, Silver At First World Cup Of Olympic Season

By Craig Bohnert | May 01, 2016, 5:38 p.m. (ET)

Khatuna Lorig and Brady Ellison (front) compete in the mixed team final at the 2016 Archery World Cup on May 1, 2016 in Shanghai.

Brady Ellison and Khatuna Lorig took gold in the mixed team event and Zach Garrett won the silver medal in men’s individual recurve Sunday as the archery world cup tour opened its season in Shanghai.

Ellison and Lorig, the world’s No. 2-ranked mixed team, gave the United States its only gold of the meet after a string of upsets in qualifying rounds saw individual medal hopes dashed. The two veteran archers, who have a collective total of seven Olympic Games under their belts and hope to add to the total in August, defeated Australia 6-2 in the opening round, then scored back-to-back 6-0 wins over No. 10-ranked Denmark and No. 3 South Korea to reach the gold-medal final. Their 5-1 win against No. 4 Chinese Taipei in the final gave them the gold and the American archers a shot of confidence as they embark on the final leg of the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“Personally, I’ve been working really hard, ironing out inconsistencies,” Lorig said to World Archery afterward. “I think as a team we know we need to train harder. But we’ll try to take positive energy from here. Every competition teaches you something.”

Ranked No. 6 in the world, the 21-year-old Garrett survived a tight shootout in the semifinal, advancing against Chinese Taipei’s Wei Chun-Heng when his 10 arrow in the shoot-off was judged millimeters closer to center than his opponent’s. He advanced to face Sjef van den Berg in the final in a match-up of two rising young stars in the sport. After Garrett opened the match by winning the first end, the second went to the world No. 2-ranked Dutchman and the third ended in a tie at 29 apiece. However, van den Berg had found his rhythm and launched six 10s in a row to close out the match, as Garrett was unable to answer.

“Obviously I didn’t shoot the way I wanted to, but it happens,” Garrett said to World Archery. “I’m doing my best to figure it out. Next time will be better. It’s just the way it happens.”

It marks the second silver medal for Garrett in less than a year, having taken the same last year in Poland against Frenchman Jean-Charles Valladont. The native of Wellington, Missouri, also has won silver in the team event at the 2015 youth world championships and the 2014 U.S. Open.

The world cup schedule continues with its second stop May 9-16 in Medellin, Colombia.

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