Alejandra Valencia named to Mexican team for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

25 January 2020
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico currently has one quota place for Tokyo 2020 but can win more at two events – in Monterrey and Berlin – in the lead up to the Olympic Games.

Alejandra Valencia, who finished fourth in the recurve women’s competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has been named to the Mexican team for Tokyo 2020 following the conclusion of national trials in the nation’s capital.

She won Mexico’s only archery place so far in the secondary tournament at the last world championships.

According to the selection procedure, if she finished in the top three of the trials, she would also automatically fulfil that spot at the Games.

“I felt optimistic since the beginning of the competition because I am shooting well and I also had a good result at the Pan American Games,” Alejandra told the Mexican Olympic Committee.

The world number 16 won gold in Lima last August.

There is still an opportunity for Mexico to upgrade its single women’s quota place for Tokyo 2020 to team invitations. There are three such tickets available for each gender at the final qualification tournament being held in Berlin in June.

Valencia will be joined by London 2012 silver medallist Aida Roman and world youth championship runner-up Ana Paula Vazquez at that event.

“We are very different but each one brings something special to the team, Aida and I already have experience but Ana Pau injects a new vibe,” said Alejandra.

“Now we will continue to prepare well, got to the Berlin stage of the World Cup and look for that team ticket.”

The Mexican recurve men’s team will be Luis Alvarez, Carlos Rojas and Angel Alvarado.

As well as competing for the team spot in Berlin, they can secure an individual quota place at the Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico in March.

The reserves for the team are three-time Olympian Juan Rene Serrano and Valentina Vasquez, who finished fourth at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.

The archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games start on 24 July.