Elisa Roner crowned back-to-back Indoor World Series Champion

Elisa Roner celebrates winning the Indoor World Series Finals.

Italian 22-year-old Elisa Roner battled up from the 10th seed to upset world number one Ella Gibson in the gold medal match at the Indoor Archery World Series Finals for the second consecutive year, collecting her second series title in a row on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Brady Ellison and James Lutz finished top in the men’s event, as Michelle Kroppen became the fourth German archer to win the 18-metre circuit.

The highlight was Roner, who defeated Nîmes winner Alejandra Usquiano and popular US archer Paige Pearce during the eliminations before taking advantage of a shaky second end from Gibson in the gold medal match, which finished 148-146 in the defending champion’s favour.

“I’m feeling great. I wasn’t shooting good these past days so I found my shooting today and I’m so happy,” she said. “I’ve known [Ella] a long time. Every time we fight each other on the field, she’s very good and I’m really happy with this match.”

Roner dropped her first arrow of the match low and right into the nine. Gibson’s third was also called out.

The world number one dropped two more points in the second end – and Roner never gave the Brit a chance to recover. Elisa’s 15th shot was flung, a nine, but it wouldn’t factor into the two-point win.

Roner, who converted her breakout performance at last year’s Indoor Archery World Series Finals into her first results on the outdoor stage (including a win at the European Games), is the first repeat winner at the indoor season finals since US man Jesse Broadwater in 2018.

(He won in three consecutive years, from 2016 to 2018.)

Former World Archery Champion Jimmy Lutz’s one-point win (149-148) over Mike Schloesser in this year’s compound men’s final made him the sixth archer from the United States to collect the title in this division.

“It’s everything. My dad flew out yesterday, so I was super happy he could see this,” said Lutz, who is currently awaiting the birth of his first child.

Brady Ellison just had his second kid. He shot 12 perfect arrows in his final against the world’s number one ranked recurve man, Marcus D’Almeida of Brazil, and was rewarded with his fourth career indoor circuit crown. (Ellison’s previous wins came in 2012, 2013 and 2016, before the Indoor Archery World Series brand was introduced.)

The US crowd was prevented a third home winner by Kroppen’s five-set defeat of Casey Kaufhold.

Reigning World Archery Champion Marie Horackova finished third in the recurve women’s competition at this Indoor Archery World Series Finals.

Champions: 2024 Indoor World Series