By Nick Butler at the Place de la Navigation in Lausanne

Brady Ellison (right) defeated Marcus Dalmeida in an Archery World Cup Final that came down to a deciding shootout ©World ArcheryUnited States star Brady Ellison claimed his third Archery World Cup Final title here this afternoon after holding his nerve to defeat 16-year-old Brazilian Marcus D'Almeida in a thrilling recurve men's final shootout.

The 25-year-old American also claimed victory at the 2010 and 2011 editions in Edinburgh and Istanbul respectively and, after finishing runner-up at Tokyo 2012 and third last year in Paris, he has now finished on the podium in each of the last five Finals.

But he had his work cut out this time around against a competitor, almost a full decade his junior, who looks set to become an archery megastar less than two years ahead of a home Olympic Games.

Indeed, it was D'Almeida, the world ranked number nine who won a silver medal at last month's Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, who struck first, shooting three successive nines to win the second set after the first one had finished all level.

But, not for nothing does Ellison hold the record for the longest continuous period as the world's top ranked recurve archer, a position he held from August to 2011 until April 2013, and he duly won the third set before the points were shared once again in fourth to take the match into the deciding fifth.

Here the drama intensified, with Ellison hitting an eight with his final arrow when a nine would have been enough to secure victory.

This ensured the excitement of a single-arrow, closest-to-the-centre-wins shootout, and, after D'Almeida shot a nine, Ellison managed a similar score, albeit one that was close to the centre, therefore meaning he had won gold by mere millimetres.

The recurve women's final was almost as exciting, with Aída Román of Mexico continuing the Latin American domination of the individual female events over the weekend by defeating Cheng Ming of China 6-4.

Aída Román won the individual and mixed team titles for Mexico ©World ArcheryAída Román won the individual and mixed team titles for Mexico ©World Archery

Cheng's compatriot Xu Jing defeated Russian Tatiana Segina for bronze, while the final place on the male podium was taken by Rich Van der Ven of The Netherlands, who defeated Florian Kahllund of Germany in the third-place play off.

It was the second gold medal of the afternoon for Román, who had earlier teamed up with Eduardo Velez to win the mixed team final with a regulation 6-0 victory over Iliana Deineko and Florian Faber of Switzerland. 

Yet, while this match was fairly one-sided, the slightly less technologically advanced recurve bow, together with the set-orientated format, generated a day of top-level sport that was less predictable and just that little bit more thrilling than yesterday. 

The weather was equally as beautiful as yesterday and the stands were even more packed, particularly for the men's final, where both Brazilian and US flags fluttered in the late summer breeze, and tourists gathered outside the arena to catch a glimpse of the action. 

Among the audience was International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who arrived shortly before the mixed team final, an event that World Archery are striving to add to the Olympic sports programme in time for Tokyo 2020.

Bach, who spoke positively after watching the sport at Nanjing 2014, presented Román with the women's prize before World Archery President Uğur Erdener awarded the men's title. 

Marcus D'Almieda narrowly missed out today but is set to be a future star of the sport ©World ArcheryMarcus D'Almieda narrowly missed out today but is set to be a future mega-star of the sport
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But, given his monumental progression this season, there is no doubt who the biggest star in the sport is set to be over the next two years, as D'Almeida hones his preparations for an attempt to win an Olympic gold at Rio 2016.

While his impact on the sport has already been compared with the affect that Rory McIlroy has had on golf, if he could go one step better and claim victory on home soil in Brazil, he could perform a role more like that played by British heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill at London 2012.

Whether he does that or not, he is certainly a major boost for archery, at the end of a weekend that has showcased the sport in a strong and exciting light. 

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