Brady Ellison wins two bronze medals in the opening match of the Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey

Brady Ellison competes in the 2021 Archery World Cup Men’s Recurve Final on September 30, 2021 in Yankton, South Dakota.

Seasons change, people age and Brady Ellison continues to find his way to the archery podiums.

The four-time Olympian was back in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday for the first World Cup of the season, placing third in the men’s recurve individual event as well as with 16-year-old Gabrielle Sasai in the mixed team competition classic.

The world’s top-ranked male recurve archer, Ellison, now has 51 World Cup podiums to his name.

Scroll through the 33-year-old’s biography and you’ll see a whole list of accomplishments – world champion, world record holder, five-time World Cup finals champion, three-time Olympic medalist.

The Globe, Arizona native continued to ride this weekend.

In the mixed team event, he teamed up with Sasai, who was making his World Cup debut. After qualifying seventh, they won three consecutive knockout matches – upsetting second-seeded Italy in the quarter-finals – before losing a point to Great Britain in the semi-finals. final. The Americans then came back to defeat Spain, 5-3, to win the bronze medal.

“It’s great for a number of reasons,” Ellison told the World Archery website. “Firstly, it’s been a while since the United States won a mixed doubles medal, and (secondly) because this is (Sasai’s) first World Cup. She really got us into the game to the bronze medal; she passed me well earlier in the week and we both shot well there (today).

Later Sunday, Ellison was back in the semifinals for the individual event. Ellison, third in qualifying, had already won five knockout matches but lost to Spaniard Miguel Alvarino Garcia in the semi-finals.

The bronze-medal final was a rematch of last year’s Olympic quarter-final, when Turkey’s Mete Gazoz beat Ellison en route to the gold medal. This time Ellison won 7-3 to claim his second bronze medal of the day.

Ellison, Matthew Requa and Jack Williams qualified for the men’s team quarterfinals.

Sasai was the top American in the individual event, reaching the quarter-finals. She also joined Catalina GNoriega and Eunice Haeri Choi to reach the second round of the women’s tag team competition. Documenting his experience on Instagram, Sasai described Friday’s playoff rounds as “a huge blur of excitement and waves of emotion.”

“My head is spinning with so much emotion!” Sasai wrote at the end of the contest. “I definitely need to process a ton of stuff before I write my reflection!”

The Archery World Cup resumes May 16-22 in Gwangju, South Korea.

Earnest A. Martinez