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June 13, 2024

USA trio face Final Qualifying Tournament test in Turkey with place in Paris the aim

Trenton Cowles, Brady Ellison and Jack Williams have arrived in the Turkish city of Antalya chasing one of three team quota slots on offer in the men’s division for next month’s Olympic Games in Paris.

With temperatures in the Mediterranean resort nudging 100 degrees, the American trio will be hoping to be in red-hot form on Saturday as they compete in the Final Qualifying Tournament.

Williams arrives off the back of success at last weekend’s Easton Foundations SoCal Showdown in California, when he defeated Gabe Anderson 6-0 in the gold medal match.

He said following that victory, “After Tokyo (2021), I knew what to expect – going through trials and the whole system – so as soon as I officially made our team, I said ‘ok, we got to do what did again’.

“We’ve done it before – qualifying for Tokyo with the event in Paris three years ago – so we know what we have to achieve. Brady, Trenton and I have all been clicking really well and been very supportive because we know how important everything is.”

Last time around, the USA went to Paris – venue for this summer’s Olympic Games – chasing team spots in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Ellison and Williams were joined by Jacob Wukie, and the three won the final and claimed one of the coveted team slots.

The women secured their team slot with bronze in that Final Qualifying Tournament in the French capital. Mackenzie Brown, Casey Kaufhold and Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez were teammates for Tokyo. This time, the women’s team has Catalina GNoriega instead of Brown and their places in Paris are already assured. Despite this, the women will be in attendance in Antalya, which is the venue for the Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage 3 from June 18-23. They have arrived early just so they can cheer on the men.

Ellison is already guaranteed a place in the individual competition of the Olympic Games. The aim now is to secure additional spots for Cowles and Williams, who qualified for the USA team following the conclusion of the Olympic Trials in Florida last month.

Williams will be seeking a return to the biggest stage in sport, having been alongside Ellison in Tokyo. Ellison is set to feature at his fifth Games. Cowles is desperate to participate in what would be his first appearance at the Olympic Games, though he did claim gold in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina.

World Archery will have live coverage from the quarterfinal stage of Saturday's team competition on archery+, starting at 7.55am ET. You can also track live scores throughout.

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