By Blythe Lawrence | July 07, 2019, 10:55 a.m. (ET)

Brady Ellison competes at the Archery World Cup on July 4, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Team USA’s Brady Ellison, Jack Williams and Matthew Requa shot themselves to the bronze medal in men’s recurve team competition at the Archery World Cup 4 Sunday in Berlin, marking their second bronze medal in a row on the circuit. 

Ellison, who became the first U.S. man in 34 years to capture the world title in recurve last month in the Netherlands, joined Williams and Requa to help the U.S. split evenly with a talented young Turkish team across four sets in the men’s team semifinal Friday.

Good as the performance was, Mete Gazoz, Ali Aydin and Samet Ak outshot Ellison, Williams and Requa 28-26 in the shootoff to advance 5-4 to the final. The Turks went on to defeat Ukraine 5-4 for gold, scoring the country’s first ever recurve men’s medal on the world cup circuit.

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The result put the fourth-ranked Americans in the bronze-medal match against Canada, where they dominated three of the four sets, closing out play with a 54-45 final set that featured two 10-point scores, clinching bronze 6-2 against the 14th seeded Canadians.

The bronze medal marks the second of the season for the U.S. team, after Ellison, Williams and Thomas Stanwood combined to finish third in May in Antalya, Turkey. That marked the U.S. men’s first world cup medal since the June 2016 stop in Antalya.

However, Berlin marked the first of four world cup stops in 2019 in which Ellison did not reach the podium. After posting two wins and a third-place finish, Ellison fell to 6-4 to Turkey’s Gazoz in the quarterfinal.

Additionally in Berlin, Alexis Ruiz won the women's compound title, and Kris Schaff was third in men's compound. The men’s and women’s compound teams also finished third.

Blythe Lawrence is a journalist based in Seattle. She has covered two Olympic Games and is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.