Archery: 'Sucks' beating a team mate, says American Ellison

Tue Aug 9, 2016 6:43pm EDT
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By Ian Ransom

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Three days after taking their second silver medal in the men's team event at the Olympics, Americans Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski shared another embrace tinged with regret after facing off in the individual tournament on Tuesday.

As both friends and top medal contenders in Rio, the pair had the misfortune to be drawn in the same quarter following the lottery of the ranking round on Friday.

They met in the relative cool of the late afternoon at the Sambodromo, having disposed of their first round opponents without too much fuss.

Former world champion Ellison prevailed 6-2 in a high-quality duel, his victory set up by a brilliant run of six perfect scores of 10.

On the brink of defeat, Kaminski dug deep to put 28 on the board with his three arrows in the final set but Ellison duly pipped him by a point to close it out.

"You know, it sucks," three-time Olympian Ellison, who won the first of his two team silver medals with Kaminski at the 2012 London Games, told reporters. "(It's) not really fun to shoot against a team mate at the Games.

"We want everyone to go forward and get a chance at the medal on the final day, but Jake and I drew each other and at least it was guaranteed for one guy to go through.

"That's all that counts -- if we still have an American in."   Continued...

Aug 6, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Brady Ellison (USA), back to camera, reacts with Jake Kaminski as Zach Garrett looks on at left in the men's team gold medal match at Sambodromo during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports