The United States secured their third straight team title at the World Archery Field Championships ©World Archery

The United States maintained their dominance of the team event at the World Archery Field Championships as they sealed a third consecutive title in Bray in Ireland today.

The formidable American trio of Brady Ellison, Dave Cousins and John Bremner III came into the event as red-hot favourites and they didn't disappoint, retaining their crown thanks to a comfortable 63-50 victory over Italy in the final.

Britain ensured they banished the demons of their defeat to Austria in 2014 in the women's event as they beat Sweden 51-43 to reclaim their World Archery Field Championships gold medal.

Italy's team, comprised of Marco Morello, Fabio Ibba and Giuseppe Seimandi proved to be no match for the American side in the men's competition and were never quite able to keep pace with their opponents, who eventually ran away with the contest.

The toughest test for the US had come earlier on in the tournament as they edged Sweden by a narrow 53-49 margin in the last four and they went on to make light work of the Italians in the gold medal clash.

"We got out there and we started off really good, then we never let up and they gave us some opportunities that we took advantage of," Ellison, the defending men's individual recurve champion, said.

Britain reclaimed the women's title with victory over Sweden in the final ©World Archery
Britain reclaimed the women's title with victory over Sweden in the final ©World Archery

Bronze in the men's competition went the way of Sweden, who edged Germany by a narrow two-point margin with a 55-53 success.

Britain, whose team featured Amy Oliver, Tracey Hill and Jessica Nilsson, were in commanding form as they seized control and never relinquished the pressure on the Swedes, who couldn't handle the accuracy of the eventual victors.

Their triumph was extra sweet for Nilsson, who used to shoot for Sweden before she opted to change nationality.

"It’s hard to shoot against my old teammates; they are all lovely," Nilsson, who uses the barebow arrow, said.

The result proved perfect preparation for tomorrow's individual final for Oliver, with Hill describing their overall performance as "phenomenal".

"Today it was hard with the weather but it was outstanding, we did great teamwork and we won," she added.

There was more heartbreak for Italy as they lost the bronze medal match 59-51 to Slovakia.

The competition in Bray, located south of Dublin, concludes with individual finals tomorrow.