Italy won bronze in the men's compound and recurve team events at the Archery World Cup in Lausanne ©Getty Images

Italy won two of the four team bronze medals on offer on day four of the second Archery World Cup leg in Lausanne, Switzerland today, with France and Russia collecting the others.

In the compound men’s team event Italy’s Marco Bruno, Federico Pagnoni and Sergio Pagni won a close match in the rain against the more fancied United States team of Braden Gellenthien, Kris Schaff and James Lutz.

Italy’s second bronze came in the recurve men’s team event, where Mauro Nespoli, Alessandro Paoli and Federico Musolesi beat the Dutch trio of Sjef Van Den Berg, Steve Wijler and Rick van der Ven.

With Pagnoni also into the individual final four in the men’s compound, the Italian compounders’ return to the international circuit has been a success.

"We are very happy because we re-entered competition with a medal," Pagni, the veteran of the squad, told World Archery.

"We have quite a brand-new team, and we hope to attend the World Championships [together].

"Obviously, winning a tight match against the USA means the level of our team is very high."

Italy trailed the USA, 59-57, after the first set before tying the match, 117-117, in the second.

The score remained level after the third and fourth ends, resulting in a tiebreak that ultimately led to an Italian victory.

The other three bronze medal matches were more straightforward, as Italy beat top seeds The Netherlands 5-1 in the recurve men’s team event.

"We are very happy," Nespoli said.

"It’s a good chance to test the team before the quota tournament.

"It’s very important that we shoot so well.

"I think we will go to Tokyo with our team to get a medal."

Russia’s Svetlana Gomboeva, who along with compatriot Ksenia Perova, the former world champion, is in the recurve women’s final four matches on Sunday (May 23), joined team-mates Elena Osipova and Inna Stepanova to win the recurve women’s team bronze.

They beat France’s Lisa Barbelin, Angeline Cohendet and Melanie Gaubil 6-2.

Tied after one set, 56-56, the compound women’s team event was close until Iran suffered a technical issue in the second end, resulting in a quick 12-point deficit.

French trio Sophie Dodemont, Renaudin Tiphaine and Lola Grandjean held the lead from there, defeating Seyedeh-Vida Halimianavval, Geesa Bybordy and Farsi Raheleh 229-221.

The compound team gold medal matches will run tomorrow and feature men’s squads representing The Netherlands and Turkey, alongside women’s teams from the United States and Russia.

The recurve finals on Sunday, the concluding day of the event, will see Italy and Mexico contest the women’s team gold and the Spanish men in their second consecutive title match, this time against Germany.