Tokyo 2020 #athletehighlight – Crispin Duenas
When he started in 2000, Crispin picked up a bow and arrow just to try it; what he found instead was a newfound passion. Now, over 20 years later, he’s in Tokyo, getting ready to compete in his fourth Olympics in the men’s recurve and mixed team recurve competitions.
The first time that he stepped onto international soil for archery was 18 years ago in 2002, when he travelled as part of the Canadian junior team to Nymburk, Czech Republic for the Junior World Championships.
Since then, Crispin has competed in multiple World Cups, two indoor World Championships, ten outdoor World Championships, as well as four Pan-American Games and three Olympics. One of his biggest career achievements is a bronze medal at the 2013 Outdoor World Championships in Belek, Turkey. More recently, he saw great success at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games where he won gold in both the men’s individual and team recurve competition.
Also in Lima, he competed in the inaugural mixed team event with Stephanie Barrett, the other Canadian Tokyo 2020 Olympian. The two of them are going to Tokyo to compete in their respective individual events, as well as the first ever Olympic mixed team competition.
Crispin is really looking forward to his time performing in Japan. “I feel more prepared and ready than any of my previous Olympics. Being able to compete at this level after so many years feels great, and to be able to try for a mixed team medal will be even better.”
Click here to see the Olympic archery schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Check back on Monday July 19 to read about Stephanie Barrett, the other Canadian archer going to Tokyo, Japan.