Italy won their second archery gold medal at the 2019 European Games in the women’s individual recurve. In terms of Olympic qualification, the highest ranked eligible nation qualifies to the Olympics, provided that the athlete finished within the top 4. Archery at the 2019 European Games is currently being held in Minsk, Belarus from June 21st to June 27th 2019.
The ranking round of the women’s individual recurve was topped by Gabriela Bayardo of the Netherlands whom finished with a score of 666, four more than 2017 World champion Ksenia Perova of Russia. The largest upset of the bracket came in the second round where 34th seed Randi Degn of Denmark defeated the second seed Perova in a shoot-off. At the semi-finals, Bayardo became the only eligible archer, meaning she won an Olympic quota for her nation. She would however lose her semi-final match against Italy’s Tatiana Andreoli 6-2. Her compatriot Lucilla Boari made it an all Italian final by defeating Russia’s Anna Balsukova 6-0. Andreoli won the gold medal, defeating Boari 7-1. The bronze medal was won by Bayardo whom also defeated Balsukova 7-1.
By winning the women’s individual quota, the Netherlands are eligible to compete in the mixed team event. Should Bayardo be selected to compete at the Olympics this would be her second games, though the first as an athlete from the Netherlands as she competed for Mexico in 2016. The next opportunity for athletes to qualify in women’s individual recurve will be at the continental qualifier. Archery at the European Games concludes tomorrow with the men’s recurve final.