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Brady Ellison Gets Off To A Golden Start In World Cup Opener

By Paul D. Bowker | April 28, 2019, 5:48 p.m. (ET)

Brady Ellison celebrates at the Archery World Cup on April 28, 2019 in Medellin, Colombia.


Three-time Olympian Brady Ellison began the world cup season with an impressive win Sunday.

Ellison defeated Lee Woo Seok, a 2014 Youth Olympic gold medalist, in the championship match of the men’s recurve competition in the season-opening world cup held in Medellin, Colombia. He won by a score of 6-2. The win clinched a spot in the world cup final for Ellison. He has reached the podium in all nine of his previous world cup finals.

It was one of two medals for Ellison. He also teamed up with Casey Kaufhold to win a silver medal in the mixed team competition. The pair lost the gold medal match in a shoot-off to South Korea’s Kang Chae Young and 2016 Olympian Kim Woojin. The mixed team event will make its debut as part of the 2020 Olympic program.

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Ellison began the week by winning the qualifying round with a score of 692. He had byes through the first two elimination rounds, then defeated Felix Wieser of Germany in the third round, Miguel Pifarre Trujillo of Spain in the fourth round, Furukawa Takaharu of Japan in the quarterfinals and Sjef van den Berg of Netherlands in the semifinals.

Ellison is a two-time Olympic silver medalist who has won the world cup final four times.

In the compound medal round on Saturday, Alexis Ruiz and Matt Sullivan teamed up to win the gold medal in the mixed team competition. Ruiz also won a bronze medal in individual women’s compound and a silver medal in women’s team. Braden Gellenthien won a silver medal in men’s compound.

The next archery world cup is May 6-12 in Shanghai.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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