With the ranking round completed and all the seeds finalized, it’s time to look ahead to the men’s team competition and the first day of elimination.
A team score of 2057 in the preliminary round puts South Korea at the one-seed, with the United States, which scored a 2024, at No. 2. Italy – with 2007 – comes in at the 3-seed, followed by Australia, France and China.
With Brady Ellison – who came in second behind South Korea’s Kim Woo-jin in the ranking round – and Jake Kaminski returning to the Olympics after their silver medal campaign in 2012, the United States is also well positioned for a trip to the podium.
They are joined by 21-year-old Zach Garrett, who, since winning his first medal in a major international competition in 2015, has risen through the world standings, even being ranked as high as third.
Ellison, who hails from Payson, Arizona, and was the first recurve archer ever to win three World Cup final titles, told USA Today, “”I think we had a great team in London, and we have a team with a lot more ability now than we did then.”
But in order to find themselves at the top of the archery world, the American team will have to overcome their periodic inconsistency.
As of now, predictions for medals in the team competition stand as such:
1. South Korea
3. United States