The world’s most decorated archer, Braden Gellenthien, added more hardware to his collection recently at the fourth stage of the Indoor Archery World Series that took place in Nimes, France, with a commanding performance and gold medal finish.
Shooters from across the globe descended upon Nimes for the second-to-last stage of the Indoor World Series. The largest indoor archery event outside the U.S., Nimes is considered by many to be the de facto world championship of the World Archery Indoor format, due to the high level of competition and global participation.
In the Men’s Compound division, qualifications set the stage for bracket rounds in record-breaking fashion. With the cut set at a first ever 590 line, competitors needed to drop less than 10 points to be certain of finishing among the top 32.
Seeded 10th, Braden Gellenthien beat Italy’s Sergio Pagni, then bested fellow American Jesse Broadwater, and finally France’s Pierre-Julien Deloche in the quarterfinal to head to the gold medal match. There, he topped American Kris Schaff by a close score of 145-144.
Said Gellenthien: “Man what a rush! There’s nothing more intense than a down to the wire match like this – and to finish it off with a 10 felt amazing.”
“Braden continues his world dominance, and is truly on top of his game,” said Darrin Christenberry, Scott Archery and CBE pro staff manager. “The sky is the limit for him, and I’m excited to see what the year holds.”
Braden Gellenthien’s Gear
During the competition in Nimes, Gellenthien relied on the following equipment.