American Ellison wins 3 golds in Archery World Cup in Ogden

Brady Ellison of the Unites States team aims for the target en route to a gold medal win with Miranda Leek (not pictured) in the recurve mixed team event at the Archery World Cup competition in Ogden on August 5, 2011. (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News)

OGDEN — Team USA’s Brady Ellison won three gold medals during the recurve championship on his home soil championship at the 2011 Archery World Cup.

Ellison, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, won gold in individual men’s, and led the USA to gold in mixed team and men’s team events at Lindquist Field.

“Winning three golds in a row is awesome, but winning in front of a home crowd was so awesome,” said Ellison. “The home crowd was great and behind us all night.”

Overall the United States walked away as the biggest winners, taking home four total medals. While Ellison picked up gold in men’s individual, the bronze medal was won by American Joe Fanchin in the same event. Ellison joined Fanchin and Jake Kaminski to defeat the Chinese team in the men’s team gold medal match 220-216. In the mixed team event, Ellison once again took gold with teammate Miranda Leek, prevailing over India by a score of 145 to 136.

“I’m really glad that we were able to win the gold in the United States. They are playing the national anthem, and we have all the spectators singing along with it. That was pretty amazing,” said Leek.

India finished the night with three silver medals, taking second place in women’s team and mixed team. Deepika Kumari took silver in women’s individual. Ukraine and China both finished with a gold, silver and bronze medal. China won gold behind Cheng Ming in women’s individual, took silver in men’s team and bronze in women’s team. Ukraine’s Dmytro Hrachov fell to Ellison in the men’s individual.

The Ukrainian team defeated India to win gold in women’s team and bronze in men’s team recurve. Alejandra Valencia of Mexico rounded out the medal winning, taking a bronze for women’s individual.

The Archery World Cup continues on Saturday night with compound bow events at Lindquist Field. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the first arrow shot at 6:30 p.m. For additional information on the US Team visit www.usarchery.org

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