Canada earns Olympic berth in men’s recurve archery at Pan Am Games


Crispin Duenas of Canada competes in men's recurve individual archery at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. (Dave Holland/CP/HO-COC)

LIMA, Peru — Canada’s archery team defeated Chile 5-4 in the men’s team recurve final Sunday at the Pan American Games, while Canada also earned a men’s individual recurve quota spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when Crispin Duenas advanced to the final.

Ottawa’s Eric Peters, Toronto’s Duenas and Brian Maxwell of Abbotsford, B.C., won the team event in a shoot-off after the match was tied 2-2 after four rounds. Canada led 4-0 after the first two rounds before Chile came back to tie over the next two.

The United States defeated Mexico 5-3 in the bronze-medal match.

Later Sunday, Duenas defeated Peters 6-2 in a men’s individual recurve semifinal to advance the gold-medal showdown and assure Canada of an individual men’s recurve spot in Tokyo.

The American team of Brady Ellison and Casey Kaufhold won the mixed recurve gold Sunday, which earned the U.S., one men’s and one women’s quota spot. But because Ellison had already secured a men’s individual recurve quota spot for the U.S., at the 2019 world championships, the spot was reallocated to the men’s final to give the event two Olympic berths.

The Canadian team of Duenas and Stephanie Barrett of Newmarket, Ont., was defeated 5-3 by Mexico in the mixed recurve bronze-medal match.

Meanwhile, gymnast Ellie Black of Halifax was named Canada’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremony. Black won two gold, two silver and one bronze in Lima to become Canada’s most decorated Pan Am gymnast with 10 career medals.


Mathieu Bilodeau of Quebec City did not finish the 50-kilometre event. Only five of the 14 entrants crossed the finish line.


Mina Coulombe of Baie-Comeau, Que., was defeated by Costa Rica’s Diana Brenes in the women’s 78-kilogram 1/8 final. Coulombe was given a costly penalty on overtime. "

"I really don’t know why I got a penalty," she said. "I was attacking a lot, and she wasn’t doing anything. Unfortunately, I can’t control everything on the mat, and I have to live with it."

Marc Deschenes of Laval, Que., fell to Jose Nova of the Dominican Republic in the men’s 100kg 1/8 final.

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