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April 29, 2018

Ellison Wraps World Cup Shanghai with Silver

SHANGHAI, China - Recurve Saturday at World Cup Shanghai was blazing hot, with archers shooting over water, surrounded by some of the tallest buildings in the world. A national public holiday in China, the crowd was large and loud.

Olympians Brady Ellison and Khatuna Lorig opened the afternoon session for the mixed team bronze final against Indonesia. The two struggled to find the center, going back and forth on left and right shots around the 10 ring. Indonesia took the win in three straight sets.

Brady returned to the stage for the final match of the event - the individual men's gold final against Korea's Kim Woojin. World Archery predicted it could be the match of the season despite this being just the first major outdoor event of the year. New this year on the World Cup circuit, and adding even more pressure - the winners of each stage automatically qualify for the Final at the end of the season.

Both opened with two 9s, but then Kim found the 10 ring while Ellison shot an 8. Coming back stronger, Ellison matched Kim over the next six arrows, splitting the second and third sets to bring the score to 4-2. Kim refused to open the door though and closed out strong, taking the fourth set and the 6-2 victory.

With much of the season to go, the excitement continues at Stage 2 in Antalya, Turkey late next month. Complete results from the competition can be found at www.worldarchery.org. Follow USA Archery on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more from the event. 

 

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