Brady ellison entered the 2021 World Archery Championships as America’s greatest scenario, but it was Casey kaufhold who became America’s headliner after competition ended Sunday in Yankton, South Dakota.

Kaufhold, 17, who had just made his Olympic debut and a fourth place finish at the World Junior Archery Championships, surprised the field to claim the silver medal.

She even beat the recent Olympic champion A San of Korea, 6-2, in the semifinals. Kaufhold was tied for 17th in Tokyo.

“I literally thought about it because I have nothing to lose,” Kaufhold told USA Archery. “I’m 17 and I’ve only been playing international tournaments for three years, so why hold back. I put everything in place, I didn’t hold back too much and that was my main goal, to leave everything on stage. “

Kaufhold qualified fifth in the tournament, giving her a pass to the third round, where she won 6-2 over Ukraine Veronique Marchenko, 2014 indoor world champion, before beating the Romanians Madalina Amaistroaie 6-4 and India Ankita Bhakat 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

She fell in the gold medal match at Jang minhee, Korean Olympic champion in the team event, 6-0; San won bronze.

Kaufhold’s world championship medal is an American’s first since Denise parkerbronze in 1989 (32 years ago) and the best result for an American since Judi adams‘silver in 1979 (42 years ago).

“I haven’t had a year as good as I would have liked but to finish the senior international season with a silver medal at the world championships is just great,” said Kaufhold. “I’m super happy with the way I shot, I stayed calm throughout and really couldn’t be happier.”

Ellison, a quadruple Olympian at 32, won bronze later in the day and retained his world No.1 ranking.

The 2019 world champion and four-time Olympic medalist was a favorite to eventually win his first Olympic gold in Tokyo. He finished second in the classification round but had a surprising outing in the quarterfinals to become a gold medalist Weather Gazoz from Turkey.

Seeking to win the third individual world medal of his career and the first at home, Ellison qualified third, then won 6-2 in the third round, 6-4 in the fourth and 6-0 – to Olympic gold medalist this summer in both men’s and mixed teams, Kim i deok – in the quarterfinals.

Ellison eventually fell to Marcus d’Almeida of Brazil, 6-4, in the semifinals. It was D’Almeida’s 28 and Ellison’s 27 in the fifth and final set.

Ellison then avenged his Olympic defeat by knocking out Gazoz 6-2 in the battle for bronze. Korea Kim woojin won the world title with a 7-3 victory over D’Almeida for his third world title.

Earlier this week, Ellison’s US men’s recurve team, Matthew Nofel and Jack williams won silver in the team event, returning to the podium for the first time in eight years.

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