Mariana AVITIA

Mexico MEX

Archery

  • Olympic Medals
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Beijing 2008
  • Year of Birth
    1993
Olympic Results

Biography

Mariana AVITIA

Mexican archery stars Aida Román and Mariana Avitia made history at Lord’sCricket Ground in the London 2012 Games by winning Mexico its first Olympic medals in the sport.

The duo’s achievement in taking silver and bronze in the individual competition was all the more remarkable given the continuing domination of the sport by the Republic of Korea – who top the all-time medal table with 30 appearances on the podium. Román, 24, from Monterrey, was unbeatable in the early rounds of the event and eventually came up against her countrywoman Avitia, who shares the same coach, Song I Woo, in the semi-final.

After Román prevailed 6-2 she told journalists: “I was really happy at having come up against Mariana. I felt much more relaxed shooting against her. We are a team whether we are competing in the team or individual event. I was relaxed and in control.”

Come the final, Román pushed eventual gold medallist and world number two Ki Bo Bae all the way. The thrilling contest – watched by millions of Mexicans – was decided after a 5-5 tie with a nerve-wracking single-arrow shoot-off from 70 metres. Top seed Ki brought gasps from the crowd when she shot outside the bullseye for an eight, leaving Román needing a nine or ten to take gold.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
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London 2012

#7
Team
Team Archery
B
Individual
Individual Archery
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

#8
Individual
Individual Archery