Matching the squad’s incredible success in the compound categories, Mexico led the medal table after the recurve finals at the first Junior Pan American Games, winning three more gold medals in Cali. The USA won the other two – after the two nations disputed four of the five finals.

Archery’s last session of competition in Colombia started with the mixed team event in which Olympian Casey Kaufhold and Youth Olympic Champion Trenton Cowles of the USA beat Mexico’s Valentina Vazquez and Carlos Vaca, 5-3.

In the team events, which were doubles rather than three-athlete squads in Cali, it was Mexico that shone.

The women’s team beat the USA in straight sets, while the the men only took one more series to take gold, 6-2.

The men’s team of Puerto Rico, the women’s team of Brazil and the mixed team of Colombia won the bronze medals.

Valentina Vazquez stepped into the finals arenas for a third consecutive final to dispute the under-21 recurve women’s title against Colombian archer Allyx Zuluaga.

Already the reigning senior Pan American Champion – and the alternate on the Mexican top team for the past two years – she was excellent in the final, dispatching the host’s representative in three, 6-0.

“Very happy with this result,” said Valentina “It’s a step towards the Pan Am Games in 2023, so I’m satisfied.”

“I was focused on my work and on controlling every arrow as best I could.”

Casey Kaufhold took bronze.

The men’s final saw another Mexico-USA clash. Trenton Cowles started strong with a pair of 29s against Jesus Flores, who shot two 27s, to take an early lead. But he then lost control of the match – and led Jesus back in, and eventually force a shoot-off. Both landed a nine in the tiebreak – but Trenton’s arrow was closer to the middle.

“I’m 100% ecstatic. All my hard work from training has paid off. I won two golds and a silver, I’m speechless. I don’t have any words right now,” said Trenton afterwards.

Looking back on the match almost slipping away he said that the “wind was a little tricky”.

“I got caught off guard with the flag not moving as much as I thought the arrow would be pushed,” he explained. “I just aimed and picked my spot and it was just a little bit off every time. I made great shots and I looked confused on camera.”

The men’s bronze between Olympian Nicholas D’Amour of the US Virgin Islands and Adrian Munoz of Puerto Rico also came down to a single arrow. Munoz shot a 10 – closer to the middle than his opponent’s maximum.

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