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Canadian Para-Archer takes Gold in the Online Cup of the Americas

September 25, 2020
Canadian Para-Archer takes Gold in the Online Cup of the Americas

Canadian Para-Archer Rob Cox of Manitoba has won Gold in the Men’s Open Compound category in the World Archery Americas Online Cup of the Americas tournament. After a strong showing in the qualifying round, Cox moved forward to the elimination round, facing Joffre Villavicencio of Equador in the Semi-Finals. Cox secured his spot in the Finals by beating Villavicencio 140-135.

In the Finals on Thursday September 24th, Cox managed to take the Gold medal home for Canada against Omar Echeverria of Mexico in a very close 142-140 victory as Canadian viewers cheered him on from home.

“It has been a fantastic week for me,” Cox said in the post-match interview, “I’m happy to shoot for Team Canada after all these years. It feels really good to wear this uniform again.”

The Online Cup of the Americas is the first remote, online tournament that World Archery Americas has streamed on their Facebook page. Archers from all over North and South America were invited to participate in the tournament.

Qualifications for the Online Cup of the Americas took place in August with over 700 archers from 23 countries of World Archery Americas participating.

The top eight athletes in each category were selected to move into the live stage of the event, which are being streamed on the World Archery Americas’ Facebook page. Five Canadians advanced to the semi-finals with Rob being the first of those to compete. The schedule for the remaining Canadian Archers is as follows:

Tuesday October 13th- Stephanie Barrett (CAN) v Mariessa Pinto (CAN)
Tuesday October 20th- Carolyn Lindner (CAN) v Patricia Layolle (BRA)
Tuesday October 27th- Crispin Duenas (CAN) v Carlos Javier Rojas (MEX)