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Three-time Olympian Brady Ellison and 2016 Olympic teammate Jake Kaminski helped the United States get off to a strong start in this week’s Hyundai Archery World Cup in Berlin, Germany.

The competition is the final world cup stage prior to the World Cup Final, which will be held in Rome in early September.

Ellison, a three-time Olympic medalist for Team USA, led U.S. recurve men in qualifications on Wednesday, finishing seventh with a score of 673. He combined with Kaminski, Matthew Requa and Thomas Stanwood for a second-place position in team qualifying.

Competing in women’s recurve are Mackenzie Brown, LaNola Shepherd, Ariel Gibilaro and Eliana Claps. The women qualified in ninth place. Brown leads the individual qualifying in 11th place with a score of 656.

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Ellison is teaming up with Brown in the mixed team competition, which will be a new discipline at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. After losing to Korea in the semifinals, they are in the bronze-medal match on Sunday. The men’s and women’s individual and team recurve finals are also Sunday.

In the non-Olympic compound discipline, the U.S. men were first in qualifying and the women were second. Braden Gellenthien, Steve Anderson and Reo Wilde were third through fifth, respectively, in men’s individual qualifying. Paige Gore and Cassidy Cox led the women with third- and fourth-place individual placings.

Compound finals are on Saturday. The mixed team of Gellenthien and Gore already qualified for the compound team championship against Mexico.

TV: 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 4 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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