Brady shoots first 690 in three years during qualifying at Pan Am Champs

Brady Ellison after qualifying top in Medellin.

Brady Ellison sent a reminder to the recurve men’s field during this morning’s qualifying round at the Pan Am Championships, scoring 690 to beat two of last year’s world championship medallists – Eric Peters (Canada) and Brazilian world number one Marcus D’Almeida – to top seed in Medellin.

“We had really good conditions today. It’s nice to come down here and show I’ve got at least something left in the tank,” he said.

Peters had 688 points and D’Almeida 682.

Mexico’s Matias Grande was the fourth to hit 680, on the nose.

“We’ve got a lot of the top five shooters in the world on this side in the Americas. Time and education and everything the Pan American delegations have been doing,” continued Ellison. “It’s obviously building. We have several shooters in the Americas that are the best in the world.”

Brady is the world record holder for the 72-arrow 70-metre round, having shot 702 points at the Pan Am Games in 2019. He hadn’t scored 690-plus in international competition since 2021.

The 35-year-old hasn’t competed in the Pan Am Championships since 2010, when he won.

But this year, there are Olympic quota places on the line at the event. The winner of the recurve team competitions in Medellin will receive full three-athlete quotas to Paris 2024.

“I don’t really care about the Olympic spots, I just want to win the individual,” he joked.

“Of course. The goal is to come down here and win teams, and start a little winning streak where we get on the podium all the way through the Games.”

The USA men are seeded top, ahead of Canada and Mexico.

Competition in Medellin continues with qualifying for all other categories.

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Qualifying: 2024 Pan Am Championships

See full results.

Recurve men

  1. Brady Ellison, USA – 690
  2. Eric Peters, Canada – 688
  3. Marcus D’Almeida, Brazil – 682
  4. Matias Grande, Mexico – 680
  5. Gabriel Anderson, USA – 679
  6. Devaang Gupta, Canada – 677
  7. Santiago Arcila, Colombia – 675
  8. Hugo Franco, Cuba – 674
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