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Zhang’s aim is true in archery final

Date : 17 Oct 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 17, 2018: China’s Zhang Mengyao overcame Spain’s Elia Canales 6-4 in a keenly contested archery final to win the women’s individual recurve gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday, October 16.

After scoring 675 points out of a possible 720 in the ranking round to earn top seeding for the elimination rounds, Zhang made her consistency count, averaging an impressive 28 points in each three-arrow set.

Her first two opponents were Kazakhstan’s Alexandra Voropayeva and Myanmar’s Pyae Sone Hnin, beaten 7-1 and 6-0 respectively.

Trailing 2-4 to the Republic of Korea’s Son Yeryeong in her semi-final, the Chinese recovered to take the match 6-4. And when Canales shot scores of 7 in the second and fourth sets of the gold medal match, Zhang took full advantage to claim the gold.

Zhang, 16, said she had relied on the advice of Nanjing 2014 YOG champion Li Jiaman before heading to Argentina.

“She shared her experience, her story with me and this helped me here,” Zhang said after clinching gold.

“I’m very happy. I was a bit nervous but I have previous experience from big competitions so I have my way to calm down. Step by step I’m gaining more experience for this kind of moments and to be more relaxed.”

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