Mauro Nespoli won his third medal of the 2019 European Games with a triumphant win in men’s individual recurve as archery came to a close. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes qualified their nation to the Olympics, provided that the athletes finished within the top 4. Archery at the 2019 European Games is was held in Minsk, Belarus from June 21st to June 27th 2019.
The ranking round of the men’s individual recurve was topped by Turkey’s Mete Gazoz whom finished with a European Games record of 685, one more than France’s Pierre Plihon. Several seeding upsets occurred, including Gazoz losing in the round of 16 to Switzerland’s Florian Faber and Plihon losing in the second round to Belarus’ Pavel Dalidovich. Italy’s David Pasqualucci recovered from a relatively poor performance in the ranking round that left him as the 41st seed and reached the semi-finals thanks to a 6-0 victory over Faber in the quarterfinals. The other quarter-final matches saw Italy’s Mauro Nespoli, Spain’s Pablo Acha and the Netherlands’ Steve Wijler all advance over France’s Jean-Charles Valladont (6-0), Moldova’s Dan Olaru (6-2) and Dalidovich (7-1) respectively. By reaching the semi-finals Acha qualified a quota to the Olympics. The semi-finals had an all Italian match where Nespoli defeated Pasqualucci in a shoot-off while Wijler defeated Acha 7-3. Nespoli won the gold medal with a 6-4 victory over Wijler while Acha took the bronze by defeating Pasqualucci 7-1.
As only one eligible athlete made the semi-finals the second quota has been reallocated to the final Olympic qualification tournament. The next opportunity for European athletes to qualify in men’s individual recurve will be at the continental qualifier.
* Reallocated to Final Olympic Qualification Tournament