Brady Ellison had to settle for second place Sunday at the Hyundai Archery World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey.
The three-time Olympic medalist from Globe, Arizona, lost the championship match 6-2 to Jean-Charles Valladont of France.
It marked Ellison’s first outdoor medal since winning last year’s World Cup Final in September. He finished fifth at the season-opening outdoor world cup.
Ellison, the event’s top seed, dropped the first two sets by identical 29-28 scores. He rebounded to win the third set 27-26, but the second-seeded Valladont closed out the match with a 29-27 advantage in the fourth set.
Ellison entered the match ranked No. 5 in the world. Valladont is ranked No. 3.
Prior to Sunday, Ellison hadn’t ceded more than two points in a match in Antalya until edging the No. 21 seed, Thomas Chirault of France, 6-4 in Friday’s semifinal round.
David Pasqualucci of Italy defeated Chirault 7-3 in Sunday’s third-place match.
The U.S. mixed recurve team of Ellison and Anna Miscione reached the semifinals before losing to the top-seeded Chinese Taipei tandem of Peng Chia-Mao and Wei Chun-Heng. Ellison and Miscione were defeated 6-2 by the Spanish team of Alicia Marin and Pablo Acha Gonzalez in the bronze-medal match.
Chinese Taipei won the title with a 5-3 victory over the French team of Valladont and Audrey Adiceom.
Mixed recurve was one of 15 events added to the 2020 Olympic program Friday by the International Olympic Committee.
The next world cup event is to be held June 20-25 in Salt Lake City.
Thomas Neumann is a Florida-based writer and journalist who previously worked at ESPN and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.