Colombian compound archer Pablo Gomez scored 717 out of a possible 720 points for the 72-arrow 50-metre qualifying round to set a new under-21 world record at the Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia.
“I’m very happy, satisfied with the result today. It was a good and interesting competition which gave me good results,” said Pablo.
“I just broke my personal record and it’s a cool sensation.”
As well as being a new world-best for his age group by two points, the score was just one off the senior record, too.
Gomez added a second under-21 record. Partnered with Maria Valentina Suarez, the pair broke the mixed team qualifying score by an impressive 17.
“To miss only three arrows out of 72 is incredible,” added Pablo.
Former under-18 world champion Sebastian Garcia of Mexico (705) and Brandon Gonzalez of Costa Rica (702) qualified second and third in the under-21 compound men’s event.
The top seed in the compound women’s event was taken by Mexico’s Dafne Quintero after hitting 699. Maria Valentina Suarez of Colombia (696) and Madison Cox of the USA (695) followed close behind.
Olympians Casey Kaufhold and Nicholas D’Amour led the recurve competitions.
Kaufhold shot a 648, five more than Ana Luiza Sliatchas of Brazil (643) and seven more than teammate Gabrielle Sasai (641).
“I felt good. I had a really good start of the day and overall, I think I did well. I just wanted to have good shots, nice and smooth, be relaxed,” said Casey.
Having already represented the USA senior squad at the the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Hyundai World Archery Championships this season, the 17-year-old is the favorite to win her division.
“I like junior events, it’s always fun because I shoot a lot of senior events, and these are more people my age,” she said. “I’ve made some good friends and overall it is a good start of the tournament.”
Nicholas D’Amour also cemented his spot as the man to beat in the recurve men’s event, leading the field with 679 points.
Adrian Munoz of Puerto Rico came in second with 669 and reigning Youth Olympic Champion Trenton Cowles of the USA seeded third with 668.
A total of three Americas records were shot on the day.
Competition in Cali continues with mixed team eliminations on Friday afternoon, followed by recurve team and individual eliminations on Saturday, ahead of finals on Sunday.
Check complete results at Ianseo.