(L-R) Lee Seungyun won gold, Kim Woojin won silver and Brady Ellison took bronze in the recurve men's finals at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event on July 18, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.
For archer Brady Ellison, the World Archery Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event bore a strong resemblance to the actual Olympic Games Rio 2016 competition.
There, the three-time Olympian faced the Netherlands’ Sjef van den Berg in the bronze-medal match in Rio and became the first U.S. archer to win an individual Olympic medal in 16 years. It was Ellison’s third Olympic medal overall.
On Thursday, the Globe, Arizona, native once again faced off in the bronze-medal match against van den Berg, and although it was a bit closer than their 2016 meeting, the result was the same. Ellison, who last month became outdoor world champion for the first time in his career, added another medal to the 2019 collection.
Tied 4-4 with three arrows remaining, Ellison was perfect with three 10s to van den Berg’s two 10s and one 8 for a 6-4 victory. Ellison also shot three 10s in the first set. Ellison faced eventual gold medalist Lee Seungyun of South Korea in a close semifinals match and lost 6-4.
The event took place at the Dream Island Archery Field, where the Olympic competition will take place just over a year from now.
Thursday’s result continued what has been a dominant season for Ellison.
In June, he added the long-awaited title of world champion to his impressive resume, becoming the first U.S. man to win gold at the world championships since 1985. Two weeks ago in Berlin marked the first time in four world cup events this year in which Ellison did not make the podium in the individual recurve competition, although he did help the U.S. men’s team win bronze in the team recurve event. He was named the Male Athlete of the Month for Team USA Awards’ Best of June.