The recurve women’s and compound men’s divisions shot their qualification rounds on Tuesday morning in Medellin, as recurve men’s and compound women’s did it in the afternoon.
Under-18 World Archery Youth Champion Sebastian Garcia of Mexico made his debut as a junior, scoring 697 points to top the compound men’s junior division.
“I felt very nervous. After a year and a half without competing, I felt the nerves. In the first two ends of the first 36 arrows, I felt my belly moving a lot and my legs shacking, which I couldn’t understand as I never felt it before. At the end I recovered, I knew I could shoot better,” said Sebastian.
The Mexican junior finished three points ahead of Cooper French of the USA with 694, while compatriot Rodrigo Olvera finished in third with 694.
“This is my first competition as a junior, my last competition were the worlds in Madrid as a cadet, where I did well. This is different, the level is higher, so I needed to push harder.”
The compound men’s division was topped by experienced archer Roberto Hernandez of El Salvador with 707 points. Hernandez was tied with Colombian archer Sebastian Arenas but had 11 more Xs.
“I felt good, I think I could have shot better considering there was a bit of wind, but the weather was good overall. Although there’s a few of us in the category, the level is high, it was tight at the end with Sebastian Arenas but the amount of Xs allowed me to be at the top.”
Roberto shot halves of 353 and 354 points.
Jean Pizarro of Puerto Rico completed the top three with a 702.
In the recurve women’s competition, Colombia positioned three of its five archers at the top.
Maira Sepulveda led with 661 followed by Ana María Rendon on 648 and Valentina Contreras, finishing with 641 in third.
“I did a good job, the weather was perfect to do good jobs, we were all prepared but whoever managed the emotions better was going to be top seed and today it was me,” said Maira.
Mexican junior archer Paola Saucedo scored 624 but one more X than her teammate Valentina Vazquez to seed first.
In the afternoon session in Medellin, local archer Daniel Pineda dominated the recurve men’s event, finishing with 670 points, which was 24 and 26 up on teammate Santiago Arcila (646) and El Salvador’s Oscar Ticas (644).
“I felt calm and trusted my work. The preparation we had after Mexico hasn’t been the best, we haven’t been able to train as much as we should, so I’m happy with the results. It’s good despite it all,” said Daniel.
Pineda was consistent, if nothing else. He shot two halves of 335 points and managed the changing weather well. It started sunny but quickly developed into a light, and threatening, rain under the moody Medellin skies.
Mexican junior Caleb Urbina seeded first in the under-21s event with 662 points and was followed by the US Virgin Islands’ Nicholas D’Amour on 659. Puerto Rico’s Adrian Munoz completed the top three.
The afternoon’s compound field was also dominated by Colombian and Mexican archers.
Alejandra Usquiano was in command of the women’s event and the only archer to hit 700 points. Dafne Quintero led the juniors with 688.
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