Elia Canales closes her fantastic week with a silver

the tarragona Elia Canales culminated this Wednesday a few dream days in Krakow (Poland). If three days ago the gold was hung together with Miguel Alvariño in mixed recurve bow, ticket to Paris 2024 included, today she took silver in the women’s individual modality, giving Spain the 44th medal in the European Games. Confirmed in the elite of European archery, the 25-year-old Spanish archer (she blew out candles on June 25) stands as an asset to take into account in the next Olympic Games.

Elia’s pulse did not shake this Wednesday. Yesterday she qualified for the round of 16 with astonishing ease, or that’s the impression she gives, and today she asserted her status as her favourite. Early in the morning, she beat Frenchwoman Audrey Adiceom 6-2, and hours later she got rid of Marie Horackova. The Czech made it more difficult for a Canales who ended up winning the quarterfinals 6-4 in the fifth set.

The medal was secured by beating Anastasia Pavlova in the semifinals in a beautiful duel. The Spanish and the Ukrainian met again three days later, as they met in the mixed final. And Pavlova arrived launched after beating the British Bryony Pitman in the quarterfinals, first in the world ranking. To be resolved, the duel needed two shoot-off arrows (in the first both nailed the 10), and the victory went to Elia by a tight 6-5. Medal in his pocket, and it was time to dream of gold.

Only the British Penny Healey, second in the world, could avoid it, who completed an excellent final. Canales added 29 points in two different sets, but her loot between them was only one point. There was little he could do against a Healey who barely missed to win gold 6-2. With her head held high, Elia hung the second medal for her in these European Gamesalso the second for Spanish archery, which still has the participation of Miguel Alvariño and Pablo Acha this Thursday in individual recurve.

Heads and tails for Carolina Marín and Kike Peñalver

In badminton, this Wednesday the group stage concluded with mixed luck for the Spanish representation. Carolina Marín, who had secured the classification since yesterday, did not fail and signed the full victory. The Huelva forcefully beat the Israeli Ksenia Polikarpova, number 106 in the world, by 21-15 and 21-8 to secure first place in her group before the round of 16.

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The surprise, negative in this case, was given by the national representative in the men’s team. Kike Peñalver fell 21-13 and 21-19 against the Bulgarian Dimitar Yanakiev, 208th in the world ranking, which knocked him out of qualifying for the round of 16. The man from Toledo closed his participation in the European Games with a balance of one win and two losses, unexpected especially the one this Wednesday. In addition, in the women’s doubles the Spanish Clara Azurmendi and Bea Corrales had a sweet defeat against the Dutch Debora Jille and Cheryl Seinen (21-12 and 21-17)since the classification was assured and only the first place in the group was at stake.

Cantero gives his face in the triathlon

Today in Krakow the men’s triathlon was also held, in which Vetle Bergsvik Thorn took gold to sign the Norwegian double, since yesterday his compatriot Solveig Lovseth won in the women’s category. In the Spanish representation, the 46th place of a Mario Mola who was out of the fight at all times stood out. Yes, he gave up the promise David Cantero, only 20 years old, who finished in 11th position. The other Spanish triathlete in the test was Alberto González, who came in 14th place.

In the other disciplines, Pau Salomó finished in 18th position in the modern pentathlon men’s individual event, and tomorrow she will be in the mixed relay together with the Olympian Laura Heredia. In fencing, the men’s saber team was fifth, while the women’s foil team finished seventh. And, in jumps, Rocío Velázquez was 14th, eight points from the pass to the final (215.55) of 1 meter springboard, phase that the couple of Nicolás García and Adrián Abadía did reach, fifth in synchronized 3 meters (384.06 points) and closing the Spanish participation in the discipline with two metals.

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