Reigning Pan American Champion Valentina Vazquez of Mexico beat her teammate Paola Saucedo in straight sets to take gold in the recurve junior women’s category at the Medellin 2021 Pan American Junior Championships.
“I feel very happy because I proved myself that I’m capable of continuing with my progress despite all the difficulties and that all my work has paid off,” said Valentina.
The second seed in Medellin, Valentina beat archers from Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia and the USA on route to the finals against Saucedo. The 18-year-old was consistent in the title match, scoring three sets of 28 points.
Later this week, junior archers in Medellin will compete for quota places to the Cali 2021 Pan American Junior Games. Securing the spot is Valentina’s main goal in Medellin.
“To me, this means another step towards my dream. The Pan American Games in Cali is something I want to go to and something I want to win, so that inspires me to keep moving forward and keep working and getting better in the many things I could see this time,” she added.
The USA’s Kim Ashley secured bronze with a 6-2 victory over Karen Rodriguez of Colombia.
The recurve men’s title was won by another Mexican archer, Caleb Urbina, after he beat Puerto Rico’s Adrian Munoz, 6-4.
“Honestly, I feel very happy, I mean, enjoying what’s going on. I realized the hard work I’ve done after the pandemic has been paying off,” said Caleb who also won the mixed team title here.
His compatriot Carlos Vaca took bronze.
The compound junior titles went to Cooper French of the USA and Valentina Suarez of Colombia.
Cooper faced Ecuador’s Mateo Oleas, who he beat by four, with a score of 144. The young States man didn’t miss the yellow in the final.
“I feel amazing. I mean, a lot of my hard work paid off. I was a little nervous towards the end, but I had an amazing time. It was just a great shoot today,” said Cooper.
Mexico’s Rodrigo Olvera upset first seed Sebastian Garcia in a single-arrow shoot-off, 10-9, to take bronze.
The compound women’s title was collected by Valentina Suarez. She defeated Anna Scarbrough, 144-140.
“I feel very happy, very proud. I still feel a little anxious, but I feel I managed it the best I could. I feel very well because this is what I wanted, it’s another accomplishment to check off,” said Valentina.
Maria Bernal of Mexico won bronze.
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