In the event held in the Argentine city of Rosario, 24 National Olympic Committees obtained the quotas for male and female athletes that will compete in the next Youth Olympic Games.
In the archery competition in the Youth Olympic Games, first, athletes compete in a qualification round (72 arrows are shot at a distance of 60 meters), and those who move on to the following stage face an elimination round to determine the winner of the single recurve event.
The Jockey Club in Rosario, the third largest city in Argentina, was the scene to welcome the best archery young athletes of the world when there’s only one year to go until Buenos Aires 2018.
All athletes in the recurve cadet category, born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003, were eligible to compete for the 32 quotas (16 for men and 16 for women) for the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games. This discipline will have 64 quotas at Buenos Aires.
In the men’s competition, where 78 athletes took part, the winner of the qualifying championship was Aldar Balzhinimaev, from Russia, who beat Aoshima Tetsuya, from Japan, in the final. Federico Fabrizi, from Italy, won the bronze medal.
In addition to these winners, who obtained a quota for their country, the other nations that secured their place at the male archery competition at Buenos Aires 2018 were: Germany, Brazil, China, Colombia, Estonia, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Chinese Taipei, Turkey, Ukraine, and United States.
Seventy athletes competed in the female event. The archer who won the gold medal was Alyssia Tromans-Ansell, from Great Britain. The European athlete beat Mengyao Zhang, from China, in the final. Sohui Park, from South Korea, won the third place. The rest of the countries that secured their place to compete in the next Youth Olympic Games are: Australia, France, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Chinese Taipei, Ukraine, and United States.
After this competition in Rosario, more qualifying tournaments will be held to determine the remaining quotas. There will be events in Europe and Asia (three quotas for each category), in America and Africa (two quotas for each category), and Oceania (one quota for men and one quota for women).
Moreover, the athletes that will represent Argentina have yet to be determined, as a host nation it has two quotas, as well as the four quotas that will be granted as an invitation at the request of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for eligible nations.
The archery competition at the Youth Olympic Games is similar to that of the Olympic Games: first, there’s a qualification round (72 arrows are shot at a distance of 60 meters), and those who move on to the next stage face an elimination round to determine the winner of the single recurve event.
In addition, the youth athletes take part in the international mixed team event, that joined the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 program.
Buenos Aires 2018 was present at the championship in Rosario with recreational and introduction to sports activities that included talks with Olympic athletes, a stencil workshop and archery clinics.