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ANTALYA, Turkey - As the 2017 Hyundai Archery World Cup season continues, No. 1 ranked Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona) and No. 2 Steve Anderson (Bountiful, Utah) are on track for podiums after winning all matches today from the 1/16th through semifinals.
After early elimination matches yesterday, Ellison was the sole remaining U.S. recurve archer in the competition after having earned a bye right into the 1/16th. No one earned more than two points on Ellison until the semifinal against France's 21st seed, Thomas Chirault. Chirault took the first two sets to turn on the pressure, but Ellison came back with a 30, 29, 29 to take the win.
After winning the U.S. Team Trials for the World Archery Championships and the World Games, Ellison commented to World Archery: "it puts a lot more drive into the season. It makes these World Cups a little bit more important to me, getting ready for worlds. I just made the World Games, too. That was why I showed up late here. I had the trials for that last weekend so, to have two big tournaments to look forward to, I'm glad that I get to shoot another field event, and just kind of start a good push towards the end of the year."
Anderson, who will shoot for the compound men's individual and team gold medals in tomorrow's finals, took a semifinal win over teammate Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Massachusetts) 148-147. Anderson also had to face teammate Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho) in the quarterfinals where he clinched the win 149-148 in another tight match. Gellenthien will face Italy's Sergio Pagni for the bronze, while Anderson will battle Taipei's Hsiang-Hsuan Chen for gold.
The quarterfinal round also saw the exit of Lexi Keller (Omro, Wisconsin) who overcame a 21st rank in qualification by upsetting No. 3 Yesim Bostan of Turkey in the second round with an X in a shoot off win before falling a few points short to Iran's Parisa Baratchi. Cassidy Cox (Albuquerque, New Mexico) also had a shoot off win with an X in the first round, but was stopped in the second match by Tanja Jensen of Denmark.
Competition resumes tomorrow with compound finals and Sunday with recurve finals. These exciting head to head matches will be streamed live on NBC's app and at www.nbcsports.com/live for viewers in the United States. For all others, they will be live on www.archery.tv. Complete results from today's competition can be found here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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