Three-time Olympic medalist Brady Ellison was on the mark for a bronze medal in men’s recurve at this weekend’s archery world cup in Shanghai.
Ellison outshot the Netherlands’s Sjef van den Berg 6-0 in their head-to-head bronze-medal final, picking up his second consecutive individual medal at a world cup event for the first time in eight years.
The three-time Olympian has not won individual medals at back-to-back world cup events in a season since 2011, when he was golden at three of the four world cup stages, as well as in the final.
Ellison lost 4-6 to Korea’s Lee Woo Seok in the semifinal in Shanghai, setting up his bronze-medal final with van den Berg. That followed wins against Muto Hiroki of Japan in the third round, Rick van der Ven of the Netherlands in the fourth and Korean sharpshooter Lee Seungyun in the quarterfinal. Ellison shot 679 to rank fourth coming out of the qualification round, allowing him to skip the first two elimination rounds in China.
Ellison had defeated Lee Woo Seok, a Youth Olympic champion from 2014, for the men’s recurve title at the season-opening world cup event in Medellin, Colombia, two weeks ago. In Shanghai, however, it was Lee who had the last word, beating 2016 Olympic team gold medalist Kim Woojin 6-2 in the final.
Ellison’s individual bronze capped off a successful week for Team USA archers, who swept the titles in the compound team events. The world cup next moves to Antalya, Turkey, May 20-26.
The win in Medellin qualified Ellison for the final, his record 10th appearance where he will aim for an eighth medal.