Italy repeated its performance four years ago to win their second gold medal in the mixed team recurve event at the 2019 European Games. In terms of Olympic qualification, the highest ranked eligible nation qualifies one male and one female athlete to the individual events, should they have no one qualified from the World Championships, which together can form a mixed team. Archery at the 2019 European Games is currently being held in Minsk, Belarus from June 21st to June 27th 2019.
The qualification round saw 2019 World Championship silver medalist Sjef van den Berg and Gabriela Bayardo of the Netherlands top the field with a combined total of 1345. This was ten more than France’s Puerre Plihon and Audrey Adiceom. The elimination round initially saw few upsets with only Spain being the only top 8 seed to fail to reach the quarterfinals after a 6-2 loss to Germany. At the quarterfinals the largest upsets occurred where the top three seeds; Netherlands, France and Turkey all lost to Belarus (5-3), Great Britain (6-0) and Germany (6-0) respectively. The semifinals saw Italy defeat Belarus 6-2 and Great Britain defeat Germany in a shoot-out. This meant Italy won the Olympic quota regardless of the result of the final. Italy’s Lucilla Boari and Mauro Nespoli would go on to win the gold medal 5-1 while Germany won the bronze 6-2.
As Italy already qualified a quota in the men’s event from the 2019 World Championship, this meant Italy will only be given a women’s quota. The extra men’s quota has now been reallocated to the individual event at the 2019 European Games meaning there will now be up to two quotas available there. Archery at the European Games continues with the individual events with the women’s recurve final to be held on Wednesday.
* Quota reallocated to individual event at 2019 European Games