El Salvador’s Roberto Hernandez beat Bryan Alvarado of Puerto Rico with a perfect 150-point match to take gold at the Medellin 2021 World Ranking Event.
“I’m very satisfied with the job, really happy,” said Roberto. “I think this was a year that started a bit difficult for me. I waited to be at this level and my sight is on the world championships, so I’m getting to the level I want to be there, and I’m satisfied with the job this week.”
The reigning Pan American Games Champion had a near-perfect campaign in Medellin. Roberto seeded first in qualification and then beat Harold Cuadros of Puerto Rico 146-142 in the quarters, before defeating Jagdeep Teji Singh of Colombia with a perfect score in the semis.
It was that semifinal match that inspired Roberto ahead of the final.
“I had the mentality, probably not of doing it, but of enjoying and getting the same feeling of that semifinal match. Being here today everything worked. I started to shoot and feel comfortable, I had some errors, but arrows got in. My equipment is working great, so everything worked for it to be perfect,” he said.
Sebastian Arenas took bronze after beating his teammate Jagdeep Teji Singh 146-142.
After a rocky start of the season, Colombian archer Sara Lopez returned to the international podium after beating teammate Alejandra Usquiano, 146-142, to gold on home soil.
“I’m very happy because I honestly needed this win to erase some bad sensations that I had at the World Cup stage in Guatemala. The final was very exciting because it was against my teammate Alejandra, we know the level each of us have. I’m very happy to shoot at home and to represent my country and my state with honour,” said Sara.
The world number two was consistent and didn’t miss the yellow rings, shooting ends of 29, 29, 30, 30 and 28. Lopez was satisfied.
“I’m really happy because it’s been a while since I last shot this score and I’m glad I did good at home.”
The recurve titles in Medellin were also taken by archers from the host nation in Daniel Pineda and Maira Sepulveda.
Pineda dispatched Santiago Arcila in five sets, 7-3, while Sepulveda beat Valentina Acosta, 6-4.
Oscar Ticas of El Salvador won bronze in a single-arrow shoot-off against Jorge Enriquez. His tiebreak arrow was exceptional. The recurve women’s third place went to Ana Maria Rendon.
Complete results of the event are available on Ianseo.