USA fills Olympic pairs quota as two new countries qualify in Santiago

Casey Kaufhold and Brady Ellison in Santiago.

The USA, Chile and Mexico collected recurve men‘s tickets to the next Olympics on the last day of competition at last week’s Pan American Games, joining Brazil and Colombia in winning quotas for Paris 2024 in Santiago.

Six spots were available in total and only five will be awarded at this time.

The USA was not eligible to add a second women’s spot, by winning the mixed team title in Chile, to the one Casey Kaufhold secured with her fourth place at this year’s world championships. That place will be retained in case of reallocation – and ultimately made available at the final qualifier should it not be used.

Kaufhold and Brady Ellison were excellent in the Pan Am Games final, opening with a perfect set – and closing with a 39 to beat Brazil in four.

The result decided the quota places in the men’s event even though the finals had not yet been shot, with only archers from the USA (Ellison and Jackson Mirich), Chile and Mexico remaining in the final four. 

Countries can only win one individual space – or qualify a team of three – so Chile and Mexico took the slots.

Mirich would win Pan Am Games gold but with the mixed team event taking priority in the Olympic qualification procedure, the USA’s quota place is officially won by Ellison.

Two Olympic qualifiers remain on the schedule in 2023, continental events in Africa and Asia. 

Olympic quotas won at the Pan Am Games

  • BRA flag Brazil: 1 (1 woman)
  • CHI flag Chile: 1 (1 man)
  • COL flag Colombia: 1 (1 woman)
  • MEX flag Mexico: 1 (1 man)
  • USA flag USA: 1 (1 man)

One recurve women’s quota place is not awarded.

Quota tracker: 2024 Olympics

Correct as of the end of competition at the 2023 Pan Am Games on 5 November 2023.

  • BRA flag Brazil: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • CAN flag Canada: 1 (1 man)
  • CHI flag Chile: 1 (1 man)
  • CAN flag China: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • COL flag Colombia: 1 (1 woman)
  • CZE flag Czech Republic: 1 (1 woman)
  • FRA flag France: 6 (3 men, 3 women)
  • GER flag Germany: 4 (1 man, 3 women)
  • GBR flag Great Britain: 1 (1 woman)
  • INA flag Indonesia: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • ITA flag Italy: 1 (1 woman)
  • JPN flag Japan: 4 (3 men, 1 woman)
  • KOR flag Korea: 4 (3 men, 1 woman)
  • MEX flag Mexico: 4 (3 women, 1 woman)
  • MDA flag Moldova: 1 (1 man)
  • CAN flag Mongolia: 1 (1 man)
  • ESP flag Spain: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • TUR flag Türkiye: 3 (3 men)
  • USA flag USA: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)

There are currently 19 nations qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.