USA’s World Number One Stunned by Turkish Archer at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/31/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Archery – Men’s Team – 1/8 Finals – Yumenoshima Archery Field, Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Brady Ellison of the United States reacts REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has had its fair share of unpredictable results. Olympic debutants have defeated the world’s top players and Olympic medalists. Archery saw one of these stunning upsets.

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World number one archer, USA’s Brady Ellison, has been deprived of his Olympic gold medal dream. He crashed out of the tournament after going down to the 10th ranked archer in the draw.

Brady Ellison crashes out of the Men’s individual archery event

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The 2016 Rio Olympics individual bronze medalist suffered a huge upset at the hands of Turkey’s Mete Gazoz in the quarterfinals of the men’s individual event. Gazoz had a rather comfortable win with 7-3 against world number one.

Brady had a rough start with 8 in the first shot itself. The day seemed off for Ellison as he couldn’t make a comeback and fired five 8’s in 5 sets of 15 arrows in total. While the Turkish archer only shot one 8 in his third set, he was in his best form as he shot the perfect 30/30 in his last set.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Archery – Men’s Individual – Quarterfinals – Yumenoshima Archery Field, Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Mete Gazoz of Turkey and Brady Ellison of the United States after competition REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Brady has won three Olympic medals in his career, but none of them are gold. Hence, as he looked formidable in the build-up to the event, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was expected to be the one where he broke his drought.

Disappointment in Mixed team event at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Brady’s campaign for gold started in the mixed team event at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Ellison had paired up with Mackenzie Brown to compete in the mixed event that made its Olympic debut.

In the 1/8 elimination round of the archery mixed team event, the Indonesian team defeated them. It was an early exit for team USA who lost 5-4. USA athletes had a rough start here as well with two 8’s in the first series only.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Archery – Mixed Team – 1/8 Finals – Yumenoshima Archery Field, Tokyo, Japan – July 24, 2021. Mackenzie Brown of the United States and Brady Ellison of the United States during competition REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

They tried to cover up in the last series with 37 and had a final two arrow shoot-off. Here, team USA shot an 8 and 10, whereas team Indonesia shot two 10s and won.

Later, the men’s team event, too, proved to be forgettable for Brady Ellison.

Team USA men outnumbered by Japanese archers

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In the quarter-finals of the archery men’s team event, Brady paired up with Jack Williams and Jacob Wukie. Notably, the trio made their way into the quarter-final. Unfortunately for them, the hosts sent them crashing.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Archery – Men’s Team – 1/8 Finals – Yumenoshima Archery Field, Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Jack Williams of the United States, Jacob Wukie of the United States and Brady Ellison of the United States during competition REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

In the quarter-finals, Team USA shot a 7 in their first series itself giving a 3 point lead to Japan. The Japanese athletes also shot 8’s, but they were more consistent in their performance scoring 9 and 10s. Japan beat the USA 1-5.

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After losing two events, the men’s individual event was Brady’s last gold medal hope at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Alas, his dream for the gold is over this year.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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