In case you weren’t watching it live, Team USA delivered a knockout performance at the recent World Archery Indoor Championships in Nimes, France. Following a flurry of medals from a strong American junior team, the adults took to the stage, and did not disappoint. Check out the medal matches:
Perhaps one of the most emotional performances of the day was a bronze medal victory for Olympic medalist and recurve archer Brady Ellison (Payson, Ariz.), who faced longtime rival Taylor Worth of Australia, who had knocked Ellison out of individual competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“I wanted to win, and it didn’t matter who it was against,” Ellison said following his victory. Ellison commented on social media: “Friends, family and everyone on the team here that watched: thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am ending the season with a bronze medal from worlds.”
Compound standout Christie Colin (York, Pa.) faced Olympian-turned-compounder Sophie Dodemont of France, in the compound women’s gold medal match. The two archers were evenly matched, and Colin led at the beginning, but Dodemont edged past her, giving Colin the silver medal.
Also chasing gold was American Reo Wilde, who met Italy’s Sergio Pagni in the compound men’s final. This was a very tight contest, and the match was tied at 4-all when Pagni shot the final ten that changed the score to 6-4 in Pagni’s favor, and gave Wilde the silver medal.
Colin and Wilde each returned to the U.S. with two World Championships medals; Colin also earned a team silver with Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.) and Crystal Gauvin (Dayville, Conn.) after a very close match with Mexico. Jones also earned a new world record during the tournament with a qualifying 60 arrow score of 595 out of 600, breaking the record set by Colin 13 years earlier.
Wilde and teammates Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Mass.) and Jesse Broadwater (Jennerstown, Pa.) earned the gold medal and world championship title after defeating a tough squad from Denmark.
Broadwater also competed individually, in a hairsplitting bronze medal match with Denmark’s teenage superstar Stephan Hansen. The match eventually stood at a 5-5 tie, which went to a single arrow shoot-off to determine the winner. Hansen’s arrow was closer to the center, giving him the bronze.
“[I’m] not pleased at all with how I shot in the final matches…I got work to do,” Broadwater commented on social media. “Congrats to Stephan Hansen for bronze…such a fine young man!”
Team USA’s juniors also rocked out at Nimes, earning one world title, team silver and three individual medals. For photos, final results and more, visit World Archery’s website.