Miguel Alvarino Garcia named to Spanish Olympic team for Tokyo 2020

27 February 2020
Madrid, Spain
Spain’s last Olympic archery medal came at Barcelona 1992.

Miguel Alvarino Garcia has been named as the archer who will fill the single spot that Spain has currently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games following the conclusion of national trials in Madrid.

That quota place was won by Pablo Acha for his bronze medal at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus.

Alvarino Garcia – who was European Games Champion four years prior in Baku – Acha and Ken Sanchez will shoot to upgrade Spain‘s one quota spot to a three-man team ticket at the third stage of this year’s Hyundai Archery World Cup in Berlin in June.

Tokyo will be Alvarino Garcia’s second Olympics.

He lost to Lee Seungyun in the second round of the individual competition at Rio 2016. Spain also had a team at those Games, finishing ninth.

Miguel also won the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in 2015.

Alicia Marin, Elia Canales and Leyre Fernandez comprise the women’s team that will first attempt to secure Spain an individual Olympic spot at the 2020 European Championships and then the team quota in Berlin.

Canales was the silver medallist at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.

Yun Sanchez and Ines de Velasco have been named as reserves. They will travel with the team to stages of the Hyundai Archery World Cup (where, unlike the Europeans, four athletes per category are permitted to compete).

Compound archers Andrea Marcos and Ramon Lopez qualified to compete at the first stage of the international circuit in Guatemala City.

Spain’s selection process for para archers is ongoing.