After national tryouts in Mexico City, A. Valencia, who placed fourth in women’s recurve at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was selected to represent Mexico at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
A. Valencia Olympic Career
A. Valencia secured the single archery berth for Mexico at the most recent World Championships by winning the alternate tournament.
If she placed first, second, or third in the trials, then she would be selected without further competition and guaranteed a position in the Games.
Alejandra told the Mexican Olympic Committee that she had been confident in her chances from the start of the competition since she was “shooting well” and had previously done well at the Pan American Games.
The sixteenth-ranked athlete in the world took home gold in August from competition in Lima.
A. Valencia Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
For Tokyo 2020, Mexico still has a chance to move up from a single women’s quota place to a team invitation. In June, in Berlin, there will be a final qualification competition for which three tickets per gender are available.
Silver medalist Aida Roman and global youth championships runner-up Ana Paula Vazquez will be joining A. Valencia at the competition.
Alejandra: “Aida and I have experience, but Ana Pau injects a new feel. We’re all extremely different, but we each add something distinctive to the team.”
Beginning the day with resounding victories against Germany and Great Britain, Mexico advanced to the semifinals where they met the world’s number one ranked team, Korea. After being defeated by An San and Kim Je Deok (5-1), A. Valencia and Alvarez rallied to help Mexico finish third, ahead of Turkey.
Despite the loss in the semifinals, A. Valencia and his team thought they had performed well. Then, in the bronze-medal game, we put aside the poor play and concentrated on the good.
The youthful Turkish duo of Gazoz and Anagoz were really disheartened after the game. They qualified in eighth place but never managed to win a set by more than two points.
A. Valencia Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Last Words
Mexico’s meagre 34 fourth-quarter points gave Turkey hope of a comeback, but the young Turks’ offence ultimately came up short. The last arrow shot by Anagoz, competing in her second Olympics, resulted in a perfect five.
However, the last three years have seen the incumbent Pan American Games champion finish no better than 17th. She works well with others and has the potential to take her team’s success all the way to the top of the Olympic podium.