60 seconds with… Crispin Duenas

This week, it’s… Crispin Duenas, who shot at his third Olympic Games in Rio. There, the 30-year-old Canadian athlete cinched his first victory in Olympic matchplay after losing in the first round at both Beijing and London.

Seeded 18th after qualification in Rio, he faced Olympic Champion from 2004, Marco Galiazzo. The match went to a shoot-off, in which Duenas shot a 10 to better his opponent’s nine.

The second round did not go Crispin's way as he lost to team silver-medal winner Zach Garrett.

1. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

I loved playing with my Power Rangers toys, especially because they were exactly like the machines in the show.

2. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

I would love to have super strength and speed, so I can be Captain Canada.

3. What is your biggest strength in archery?

I believe that my biggest strength in archery is my physical strength.

I came from three other sports – gymnastics, karate, and swimming – when I started shooting and the skills and body awareness from those sports have helped me in so many ways.

4. Who is your sport model?

I don't have a specific model, or role model.

I get inspiration from every athlete who excels in their own sport.

5. If you were to design your own bow, what would you call it?

I've actually never thought of that and I don't think I'm creative enough to come up with one…

6. How much weight on your stabilisers?

I shot the 2016 Olympics with 3oz on each side rod and 5oz on my front rod.

7. Any equipment you change in the wind and/or rain?

Absolutely not!

8. What did you enjoy most in Rio?

I enjoyed the archery venue and the Olympic atmosphere.

Also running around different places with Sjef van den Berg and our cameras.

Image courtesy Crispin Duenas.

9. Do you have a special dream?

My ultimate dream is to win an Olympic medal.

10. Will you use fat or thin arrows for indoors?

I will probably be sticking to my Easton X10 arrows. They are the most consistent and give me the best scores.