Archery action concludes in Santiago
SANTIAGO, CL – Today was the final day of archery at the 2022 Pan and Parapan American Championships in Santiago, Chile.
Yesterday, the Canadian team of Eleanor Brug and Devaang Gupta took their shot in the recurve mixed team matches. Their first opponent, after receiving a bye through to the ⅛ finals, was Ecuador. It was a decisive win over the South American country, with the only point for Ecuador coming from a tie in the second end. Canada ended up taking the match 5-1 and moved on to face the Cuban team. While the Canadian duo fought hard, they were unable to overcome their opponents and lost 3-5, tying three out of the four ends. This resulted in Canada ranking 5th at the end of the competition.
This afternoon, Brug then stepped up to the shooting line for the bronze medal match against Casey Kaufhold (USA), who ranked 1st in qualifications. Brug was unfortunately unable to hold on and win the match, although she did tie the third end with Kaufhold. The final score was 7-1 in favour of the American, and while Brug doesn’t walk away with the medal but does finish the competition in fourth place, a great result for the archer’s first international competition.
“It was great to go all the way to the bronze medal match and shoot against the fifth in the world,” comments Brug at the end of her match. When asked if she thought Kaufhold had opened the door for a brief moment, she said “I couldn’t really see where her arrows were or where she was on the target. I had a rough sense that she was on the 7, but I was on the 8 then. I couldn’t really tell. I didn’t do the math. [The conditions] felt the same as on the practice field but the arrows definitely moved differently, so I suppose they were very unsettled conditions.”
Brug was then asked about how she felt the women’s team did at this event and she replied that they did “absolutely wonderfully. It was super exciting. We got all the way to the bronze match and won that, with a one-arrow shoot-off against Brazil. I don’t think the women’s team normally gets to the bronze match so that’s a pretty good result.”
This event wraps up the 2022 competitive season for the Canadian team, who now go into preparations to start off the 2023 season on a high note.
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