Arcila wins Olympic quota for host Colombia at Pan Am qualifier

Santiago Arcila after winning the Pan Am Olympic qualifier.

Colombia and the US Virgin Islands secured recurve men’s quota places to Paris 2024 during this afternoon’s Pan American individual Olympic qualifier in Medellin after Canada and Puerto Rico won recurve women’s tickets in the morning.

The host country had three shots at the spot, with Andrés Hernandez, Jorge Enriquez and Santiago Arcila all making the last eight.

But after Hernandez lost to top seed Nicholas D'Amour (7-1) and Enriquez fell to Mario Jajarabilla (6-2), both in the quarterfinals, Colombian hopes for a men’s quota fell to second-seed Arcila, the 2021 Pan American Champion.

Arcila rose to the challenge. He beat Cuba’s Javier Vega and then Oscar Ticas in the semis, confirming the quota, before shooting four 28-point sets to take gold ahead of D’Amour, 6-2.

“I think this happened just the way it was supposed to,” said the 24-year-old from Medellin. “I‘ve been working really hard for this, personally and with my team. Achieving this here at home, surrounded by all the people who care about me… it means a lot.”

D’Amour’s semifinal win – and silver medal – earned him the quota.

He was a little lucky. Argentina’s Jajarabilla looked strong but shot a six in the fourth set in gusty conditions, only forcing a tiebreak with a perfect 30 to close. But Nicholas’ shoot-off arrow was excellent. He put his head on the shoulder of his coach, his dad, as he waited for his opponent to post his challenge.

Jajabilla could only find the nine.

“I wasn’t here for the Olympic quota,” D’Amour claimed afterwards. The cheer and emotion when it was won said differently. “But I’m very happy.”

He becomes the first archer from the US Virgin Islands to ever qualify for the Olympics having received a universality ticket to the Tokyo 2020.

The women’s quota places were won by Kristine Esebua (Canada) and Alondra Rivera (Puerto Rico).

Six further quota places to Paris will be awarded this week in Medellin, to the recurve women’s and men’s team winners at the Pan American Championships. This could cause some individual quotas – won here, the Pan Am Games or the last world championships – to be reassigned.

Coverage from Medellin is available to watch worldwide with a subscription to archery+.

Olympic quotas won at the Pan Am qualifier

  • Canada: 1 (1 woman)
  • Colombia: 1 (1 man)
  • Puerto Rico: 1 (1 woman)
  • US Virgin Islands: 1 (1 man)

One team place per gender will be awarded during the championships.

Quota tracker: 2024 Olympics

Correct as of the end of competition at the Pan Am individual qualifier on 10 April 2024.

  • Australia: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • BRA flag Brazil: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • CAN flag Canada: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • CHA flag Chad: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • CHI flag Chile: 1 (1 man)
  • CAN flag China: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • TPE flag Chinese Taipei: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • COL flag Colombia: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • CZE flag Czech Republic: 1 (1 woman)
  • EGY flag Egypt: 2 (1 man, 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)
  • IND flag India: 1 (1 man)
  • INA flag Indonesia: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • ITA flag Italy: 1 (1 woman)
  • JPN flag Japan: 4 (3 men, 1 woman)
  • KAZ flag Kazakhstan: 3 (3 men)
  • KOR flag Korea: 6 (3 men, 3 women)
  • MEX flag Mexico: 4 (3 women, 1 man)
  • MAS flag Malaysia: 1 (1 woman)
  • MDA flag Moldova: 1 (1 man)
  • CAN flag Mongolia: 1 (1 man)
  • New Zealand: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • Puerto Rico: 1 (1 woman)
  • RSA flag South Africa: 1 (1 man)
  • ESP flag Spain: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • TUN flag Tunisia: 1 (1 woman)
  • TUR flag Türkiye: 3 (3 men)
  • USA flag USA: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • US Virgin Islands: 1 (1 man)
  • UZB flag Uzbekistan: 1 (1 woman)

There are currently 32 nations qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.