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Jin Hyek Oh (KOR) – Luis Alvarez (MEX)
The two archers met for the team bronze final on Saturday, when Korea clinched victory over Mexico for an Olympic medal.
ALVAREZ withstood pressure in the first set as he needed a 10 at his third arrow to draw (28-28). His opponent from Korea scored 29 points in the second set, against 27, and took the lead 3-1.
Fantastic third set for ALVAREZ with three perfect shots to tie the game, 3-3!
As OH scored 9-9-10 and ALVAREZ started with 8-10, the Mexican once again needed a 10 to keep the draw. He scored a 9 and let the fourth set go, trailing 3-5.
ALVAREZ started the final set with two perfect shots, but his opponent resisted with 9 and 10. With a final 10, the Mexican would have forced a shoot-off… But he released an 8, leaving the door open… With a 9, OH tied the set and won the one set point that he was missing (6-4).
Xiaoxiang Dai (CHN) – Luis Eduardo Velez (MEX)
The two competitors had straight 6-0 victories in the first round against Klemen STRAJHAR (SLO) and Milad VAZIRI TEYMOORLOOEI (IRI).
The highest ranked DAI scored two times 27 points (26 and 25 for VELEZ) to take a 4-0 lead. As the Mexican could not improved his scores and shot 25 again, his opponent scored 28 and clinched his second 6-0 win in a row.
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YAVOR VASILEV HRISTOV (BUL) – LUIS ALVAREZ (MEX)
ALVAREZ is in a great form, as he won the last World Cup in Ogden, USA in June and qualified for the World Cup Final in Tokyo next September.
The Mexican came up to expectations, shooting eight arrows out of nine in the gold ring to clinch a straight three sets win.
MILAD VAZIRI TEYMOORLOOEI (IRI) – LUIS EDUARDO VELEZ (MEX)
The two archers faced each other twice in 2011. It was at the Porec World Cup and Shenzhen Universiade, and each time the Iranian was the winner. He is 16th in the world ranking and starts as favourite although his opponent from Mexico is higher seeded from the ranking round.
After sharing the first set 25-25, VELEZ showed strong performances in the second and third sets that he won 28-26 and 29-28 to lead 5-1. The Mexican repeated with another 29 set and clinched a straightforward 6-0 win.