Mexican archers win six golds at first Junior Pan Am Games
“This is an historical result,“ said Garcia, a former under-18 world champion.
“I’m happy because all of my teammates will take back home a medal.”
Garcia and Quintero won the individual compound events – and the pair combined to collect the mixed team title after a thriller against the top-seeded duo from host nation Colombia.
Although there was no compound team event in Cali, recurve doubles did shoot for medals.
Mexico won both men’s and women’s golds.
Valentina Vazquez, the reigning senior Pan American Champion since Monterrey earlier this year, partnered with Akshara Licea to defeat the USA in the women’s team final.
Having also beaten Colombia’s Allyx Zuluaga to the individual title in straight sets, she had a shot at a third gold.
Cowles, who is the reigning Youth Olympic Champion (an under-18 event), would also beat Jesus Flores to the recurve men’s individual gold with a better nine in a tiebreak.
“All my hard work from training has paid off,” said Trenton, who matched Vazquez’s impressive personal medal haul. “I won two golds and a silver. I’m speechless.”
Kaufhold and Nicholas D’Amour, the two archers in Cali to have competed at this summer’s Olympic Games, each shot for bronze. Kaufhold won while D’Amour lost to a better 10 from Puerto Rico’s Adrian Munoz in a tiebreak.
Reigning senior Pan American Games Champion Roberto Hernandez was also at the event – at the age of 32, not competing – but as a coach.
These first Junior Pan American Games are seen as a stepping stone towards the next major senior multisport event in the continent, which will take place in Santiago de Chile in 2023. The city will also host the next Pan American Championships in late 2022.
1. Mexico: 8 (6 gold, 2 silver)
2. USA: 6 (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
3. Colombia: 5 (3 silver, 2 bronze)
=4. Puerto Rico: 2 (2 bronze)
=4. El Salvador: 2 (2 bronze)
6. Brazil: 1 (1 bronze)