Make it three in a row for Brady Ellison.
With a 6-0 takedown of former world no. 1 Steve Wijler of the Netherlands in the men’s recurve final at the archery world cup stop in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday, the three-time Olympic medalist from Arizona has now medaled in three consecutive individual events at world cups this season.
Ellison’s trip to Turkey has been a tour de force for the three-time Olympian, who outshot the Netherlands’ Rick van der Ven, the 2015 world silver medalist, and China’s Ding Yiliang in the early rounds of competition, then held off the Netherlands’ Sjef van den Berg 6-5 (10-9) in the men’s quarterfinal.
He defeated Italy’s Mauro Nespoli 6-4 in the semifinals, setting up a head-to-head against Wijler for the title. The two have met in a final just once before, in 2018, which resulted in a victory for the Dutchman. On Sunday, Ellison answered back.
Ellison and Wijler were joined on the podium by Turkey’s Mete Gazoz in third place.
It’s been since the 2011 season that Ellison has won individual medals at back-to-back world cup events, a year he was golden at three world cups and went on to win the World Cup Final. That year was also the last time he won gold at more than one stage in a season. After bronze in the World Cup Final last year, he took gold at the world cup opener in April in Medellin, Colombia, and followed up with bronze in Shanghai two weeks ago.
A bonus for the 30-year-old in Turkey: a podium finish with the men’s recurve team. Ellison shot all his arrows in the 10 ring, combining with Jack Williams and Thomas Stanwood for a 6-2 win over Ukraine. They earned bronze behind China and Italy.
The world cup medal marked the first for the U.S. men since the June 2016 stop in Antalya.
Stage four of the archery world cup comes to Berlin beginning June 30, but first athletes will head to the world championships, June 9-15 in the Netherlands.