From this Tuesday until Sunday, November 27, the field of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Military Academy, in Santiago, Chile, will host the XXVI edition of the Pan American Archery Championship, a competition that brings together the best 334 elements in recurve and compound, from 27 countries, who will give their best effort to get the first places in the individual, team and mixed events, in both genders.
The continental joust, which in its first session had the men’s recurve bow and women’s compound qualifying round, will distribute a total of 92 places to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, scheduled to be held from October 20 to November 5.
For Mexico, 14 archers are participating, eight in recurve and six in compound, who to arrive in the best conditions concentrated in the National Center for the Development of Sports Talents and High Performance (CNAR), of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports ( CONADE).
In the qualifying round, a competition that defines the individual and team duels, the Mexican Matías Damián Grande, who, in his first appearance in the senior team, managed to place himself in first place with a total of 682 points, after throwing the 72 regulation arrows, at 70 meters.
A few steps below were his teammates: Ángel David Alvarado Santín, with 657 units, a figure also achieved by Jesús del Ángel Flores Alanís, and Emilio Antonio Treviño Garza, with 654.
While, in the compound modality, Mariana Bernal Sánchez stayed in third place in the classification by adding 705 points, only one behind the leader, Sara López, from Colombia, after completing the 72 arrows, at a distance of 50 meters.
Andrea Maya Becerra Arizaga and Dafne Valeria Quintero García, were placed a few steps below, with scores of 702 and 694, respectively.
In the afternoon session it was the turn of Alejandra Valencia Trujillo, Aída Nabila Román Arroyo, Ana Paula Vázquez Flores and Paulina Garza García, who lives her first call with selection in the senior category, in women’s recurve; as well as in the modality of men’s compound with: Miguel Becerra Rivas, Sebastián García Flores and Uriel Olvera Méndez.
The medalist in Tokyo 2020, was the best located, as she was in fourth place in the standings with a concentration of 638 points, followed by her partner Ana Paula Vázquez, who scored 626; On her part, Aída Román made 621 units and Paulina Garza closed with 581.
In the men’s compound bow, Miguel Becerra Rivas, finished in fifth place, with a total of 702; while Sebastián García Flores and Uriel Olvera Méndez accumulated 694 points, respectively.
The competitions will continue this Wednesday with the team duels, where Mexico will seek to settle in the first places of the test.