Mariana Avitia, the archer who made history in London 2012

Avitia has been part of the Mexican archery team in various tournaments (Photo: Twitter / @worldarchery)

At the 2012 Olympics held in Great Britain, London, two Mexican names stood out in women’s archery. Mariana Avitia and Aída Román get on the podium together to make Mexico proud by achieving it silver and bronze medals. This medal means first in his country’s history in this sport.

The Mexican goalkeepers faced each other in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament to reach the grand final, ensuring at the time that Mexico would have at least one participant with a medal. Aída Román reached that stage after a near-perfect run during the previous phase, where he was positioned as the favorite over his compatriot. Already in that match he did not give any possible surprises and won the semifinals with a score of 6-2. So Avitia had to settle for fighting for bronze against being knocked out of the other locks.

For the third place, his rival is a native of the United States, Khatuna Loring. Avitia showed confidence every time not to let her nerves get in the way of her shots. She beat America 6-2 to conquer Mexico’s first bronze medal in women’s archery. He made history before millions of Mexicans watched and supported him behind the television screens.

Aída Román knocked out Mariana Avitia in London 2012 for gold at the 2012 Olympics (Photo: Alex Cruz / EFE)
Aída Román knocked out Mariana Avitia in London 2012 for gold at the 2012 Olympics (Photo: Alex Cruz / EFE)

In the final, Aída Román could not beat the competition favorite, Ki Bo Bae. Korea won 6-5 to take gold and snatch Mexico’s historic double podium with silver and bronze.

Mariana Avitia was born in 1993 in Monterrey, Nuevo León. His first approach to the sport was at the age of seven, when he was trying to test the bow used by his older brother. His talent was soon recognized and the China coach, Zang Zheng, integrated him into his team to later become part of the Nuevo León team. As a reward for his outstanding performance, he received a scholarship from the State Sports Institute and started his first international participation.

A few years later he competed in his first major tournament representing Mexico for Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro 2007, ranked fourth in the women’s team category. first 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, reached the semifinals, although in the end he lost and went on to finish fourth. He has won six Central American medals, two silver and four bronze during the Mayagüez edition. A gold medal was also hung during the Pan-American Fair of Guadalajara 2011.

Mariana Avitia will not play Tokyo 2020 (Photo: Instagram / @mavitia1809)
Mariana Avitia will not play Tokyo 2020 (Photo: Instagram / @mavitia1809)

Avitia competed for the first time at the Olympics during Beijing 2008. In his debut he surprised and reached the round of 16 in his category. In the next process and remember London 2012, the majesty grows and increases his abilities. His qualities and temperament position him as one of Mexico’s promises to the game played in England.

At the Archery World Cup in the United States, Mariana finished second with the Mexican women’s team, thereby securing her ticket to the Olympics tournament that would later give her the possibility to hang on to her historic bronze medal.

Even though the trajectory Avitia was unable to get her tickets to participate in Tokyo 2020. After elimination, the archer decided to take a few months off the sport to seek to relax and find the respite needed to find a stronger return to archery. Her dream is to attend another Olympics and she knows that learning from her mistakes is the only way to achieve it. Retirement is not yet an option and it looks like Mariana has been around for a long time.


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