The New Winners of the European Games


Florian Unruh and Jozef Bosansky of Slovakia won continental crowns as Unruh and Dan Olaru qualified Olympic quota places for Germany and Moldova on the last day of competition at the 2023 European Games in Krakow.

The two tickets to Paris 2024 were resolved early, with two Spanish archers making the final four.

Miguel Alvariño had already qualified a recurve men’s spot for the next Olympics for Spain by winning the mixed team competition in Poland. It meant that Unruh and Olaru took the remaining tickets by winning their quarterfinals.

That confirmation won’t come until after the Hyundai Archery World Championships in August. Complete News WA

Eighteen-year-old British recurve archer Penny Healey and Italy’s breakout compound talent Elisa Roner took the women’s titles at the 2023 European Games today in Krakow, Poland.

Roner beat Healey’s teammate and world number one, Ella Gibson, in the final.

Healey, meanwhile, looked unstoppable on her march to the top of the podium and an Olympic quota place, dominating matchplay with timely perfect series and pivotal arrows whenever they were necessary.

Spain had already secured a recurve women’s Olympic quota place by wining the mixed team event earlier this week – and wasn’t in the running for a second.

Anastasia Pavlova, who carried the Ukrainian flag during the opening ceremony in Poland, had her first chance to secure a ticket by beating Canales in their semifinal, which went the full five sets and into extra time. Both shot near-perfect 10s with their first tiebreak arrows – each landing slightly high and left – but Canales’ nine won the second.

With Canales ineligible, the Olympic quota would go to the winner of the bronze medal match.

Tied at 4-4 with Italy’s Chiara Rebagliati, top seed Pavlova opened the fifth set of the third-place clash with a seven. The pressure immediately lessened, Rebagliati did exactly what was necessary, ultimately finishing with a 10 to take the match, the medal and the quota place. Complete news WA

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