Brady Ellison during the Men's recurve finals during the Hyundai Archery World Cup on June 27, 2021 in Paris.
Brady Ellison pumped his right fist and celebrated as soon as his last arrow hit the target Sunday, securing another win for the top-ranked men’s recurve archer in the world.
Ellison solidified his place as a gold-medal favorite at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo when he outlasted teammate Jack Williams 6-2 in an all-American final at the third stage of the Archery World Cup in Paris.
Ellison won the first set of the final round, and he showed his accuracy and resiliency after Williams hit three straight 10s to tie it at 2-2. Ellison earned the next four set points to secure his second world cup victory of the season after winning in May in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Williams, who turned 21 on April 22, capped his impressive run in Paris with a silver medal. It marked his first individual medal on the world cup circuit. The Paris world cup was the final competition before Williams and Ellison head to Tokyo for the Olympics.
“This one feels really good. You know, I felt like I was fortunate to make this Final Four. I know we had talked about that early in the week,” Ellison, a three-time medalist in his three previous Olympics, said in his post-match interview. “And I’ve really taken every arrow since then in practice, and you know, got some things lined out and felt like I shot pretty good today, scored well, so that’s good.”
Sunday continued a streak of good luck for American archers in Paris. The U.S. men’s and women’s archery teams qualified for the Tokyo Olympics at a French competition on June 20.
Team USA also had three archers reach Sunday’s recurve Final Four. Along with Ellison and Williams, Mackenzie Brown advanced on the women’s side.
Brown, who’ll compete in her second Olympics this summer, overcame a loss in the semifinals to edge Mexico’s Ana Vazquez 6-5 in the bronze-medal match. Her bronze came two months after she earned silver at the first stage of the archery world cup in Guatemala.
“I’m pretty confident in myself and our team, all of Team USA. The women are shooting awesome,” Ellison said. “You know, Mackenzie has medal at two world cups this year, the only two she’s been to, and Jack just medaled and then I have two wins now.
“As a team, I think USA is doing really good and I’m pretty excited to go to the Olympics and win some medals.”