(AP) — American archer Brady Ellison had a bad day at the Pan American Games, and it was still good enough for gold.
The world's top-ranked archer overcame a sub-par performance to defeat Crispin Duenas of Canada on Saturday, capping a nearly perfect year and showing he remains the world's most dominant shooter.
"I was just a little bit off, maybe a just a bit weak in my shot," the 22-year-old Ellison said. "It's archery, sometimes the body is just different. But I shot good on the arrows that I needed to shoot well to win the match."
It was just enough to beat Duenas 6-4 in a close final.
"I really wanted to come and win this tournament," said Ellison, who is from Glendale, Ariz. "I had such a great year and I really wanted to end this year with a big win at the Pan American Games."
He already had won six individual titles coming into Guadalajara, making this his best season ever.
"Brady has had an outstanding performance this year," United States coach Kisik Lee said. "Right now he has the best technique of any other archer. His mental game is good and he can perform better under pressure."
Lee said Ellison passed a good test performing in front of a raucous Mexican crowd.
"We've had to deal with stress and we never had this cheering before," he said. "This kind of cheering is not part of archery yet."
Ellison also won the gold in the team competition with the United States.
"To double up on the gold means a lot to me," he said.
Ellison failed to win only two of his eight individual events this year. He finished ninth at a World Cup event in Shanghai and third at the world archery championships in Italy. Among his victories are the World Cup final in Turkey and the London test events.
He said he will take some time off after winning the gold at the Pan American Games, then start focusing on the 2012 Olympics. He already has qualified for the Games.
"I'm going to train hard through the winter to get ready for next year," Ellison said. "My goal is to win two gold medals at the London Games. I need to work hard and get better than I am right now."
Lee said Ellison's performance this season has made him one of the favorites to win the gold at the Olympics.
"Everybody expects him to win," he said. "He was in 2008 (in Beijing) but his mental game wasn't ready. But right now he is getting prepared and if he continues like this, as the No. 1 player, he will get a lot of confidence from that."
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