Mexican sharpshooter duo of Aida Roman and Mariana Avitia take silver and bronze

On August 10, 2012 by MexicoToday

Mexico’s performance at the London 2012 Olympics has been nothing short of superb, but two Mexican athletes stand out for their outstanding achievements.

Few had heard of Aida Román and Mariana Avitia before London 2012, but now this Mexican sharpshooter duo has the attention of the archery world.

After failing to advance past the quarterfinals in Beijing in 2008, Román and Avitia stormed through the competition in women’s individual archery in London, eventually setting up the unfortunate semifinal match where the two Mexican Olympians had to face each other in competition. Román went on to defeat Avitia to advance to the finals.

Song I-woo, Mexico’s archery coach said:

“I feel sorry for Avitia, but she understands and she’s ok with it. I’m very proud of both them.”

In the subsequent match for Avitia, she was able to defeat American Khatuna Lorig to take home the bronze medal.

In the championship match, Román battled it out with South Korean Ki Bo-bae. With sets tied at 5-5, the match went to a shootout. Despite landing her arrow outside the yellow centre ring, Ki ended up winning the gold as Román’s final arrow landed just a bit further.

Aida Román said:

“Strictly speaking, it wasn’t that difficult a shot, but it became a lot more complicated.”

The silver and bronze medal haul were quite impressive for the two Mexican sharpshooters. Mexico finished the London 2012 Olympic archery medal table tied for third with China and Japan and ahead of the United States.

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