Mexican archers Alejandra Valencia and Luis Alvarez took bronze in the mixed team event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after beating Turkey’s Yasemin Anagoz and Mete Gazoz, 6-2.
The medal, in addition to being the third won by the Latin American nation in archery at the Games, was also the Mexican delegation’s first medal at Tokyo 2020.
“It brings huge happiness. It’s the reward for all the work we have done, all the effort we put into this, everything we did to be here,” said Valencia.
Seeding fourth with a combined score of 1136 points, the Mexican duo beat Germany, 6-2, in the first round, and Great Britain in straight sets, 6-0, in the quarters to secure a semifinal match against Korea.
After losing 5-1 to the best in the world, Valencia and Alvarez disputed bronze against Turkey. With scores of 36, 27, 39 and 34 points, for a total of 6-2, they celebrated.
Alejandra added: “It makes me very happy. These are my third Games and I was like, ‘third time is the charm’, I wanted this medal and I wanted to do everything I could to win it. It being the first-ever awarded makes me even prouder, it’s cool. I’m really excited!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are the first Games to ever award a mixed team medal in the archery competition.
The podium was completed by Korea and the Netherlands, which took gold and silver, respectively.
The other team from the Americas to take part was the USA, represented by Mackenzie Brown and Brady Ellison.
They were big favorites to medal having qualified in second, but the north Americans suffered a surprising upset to Indonesia in a shoot-off, 20-18.
After the match, Brady said: “I’m still a bit shocked, to be honest. I completely expected us to win a medal today. That finals venue, compared to familiarization, kicked my ass. I just didn’t see it and that us the match.”
The archery competitions will continue on Sunday 25 July with the women’s teams finals.