By Karen Price | June 16, 2019, 11:58 a.m. (ET)

Brady Ellison celebrates at 2019 Archery World Championships on June 16, 2019 in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

 

Brady Ellison had won almost every major title there is to win in men’s recurve archery, but world champion and Olympic gold medalist had always eluded him.

Finally, the wait for the world championship gold is over. 

The three-time Olympian, who has two silvers and one bronze medal to his name, defeated Malaysia’s Khairul Anuar Mohamad in the gold medal match, 6-5 (10-8), in ‘S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, on Sunday for a very big addition to his already very impressive collection of hardware.

The 30-year-old from Globe, Arizona, also locked up the first quota spot for the U.S. for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and is the first American to win the world title in 34 years.

The last American to win individual gold at the world championships was Richard McKinney, whose last of three world titles came in 1985.

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Ellison, who made his international debut in 2006 after starting archery in 2002, has also won team gold, mixed team silver and individual bronze at the outdoor world championships, as well as two individual world titles, one bronze, two team gold and one team silver at the field world championships, and three individual bronze and two team golds at the indoor world championships. He also has more world cup final championships than any other archer in history.

Ellison had byes through the first two rounds of competition, and then needed a shootout to win his round three match against Pravin Ramesh Jadhav of India, 6-5 (10-9).

"This tournament has been an emotional rollercoaster,” he told USA Archery. “I almost lost my first match, not because I wasn't in it, but just because he shot really good. I ended up coming back in a shoot off and slowly just started shooting better and better, shooting 30s in this wind. When I got into the semifinals I just kept telling myself, ‘You're not going to lose this, you're going to win the world championships.’”

His match against Mohamad went to a shootout after the pair was even in each of the first three sets. Ellison went up by a point in the fourth set but Mohamad evened it back up in the fifth. Ellison won the shootout with a perfect final arrow, 10-8. 

In the compound discipline, James Lutz outscored the top three archers in the world on his way to winning the men’s gold medal in just his second-ever international event. Earlier in the day, Paige Pearce competed for the women’s gold but lost in a close match to bring home the silver. Pearce, Cassidy Cox and Alexis Ruiz teamed up to win the silver in the women’s compound team competition. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.