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Gold medalists Natalia Valeeva and Mauro Nespoli of Italy celebrate during the Mixed Team Archery competition. David Ramos/Getty Images
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A general view during practice prior to the Men's Archery Individual Elimination Rounds. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 22: Miguel Alvarino Garcia of Spain celebrates with his coach in the Men's Individual competition during day ten of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 22, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Aybuke Aktuna of Turkey competes during the Women's Archery Individual during day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 22: Viktor Ruban of Ukraine competes in the Men's Archery Individual Elimination Rounds during day ten of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 22, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 17: Amy Oliver of Great Britain retrieves her arrows in the Women's Archery Team and Individual ranking round during day five of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 17, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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An athlete collects her arrows during a practice session prior to the start of Archery Women's Individual 1/32 Elemination. Robert Prezioso/Getty Images
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Olqa Senyuk of Azerbaijan competes against Simona Bancila of Romania in the Archery Women's Individual 1/32 Elimination during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 22: Miguel Alvarino Garcia of Spain hugs Sjef van den Berg of the Netherlands after winning the Men's Individual finals during day ten of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 22, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Italy celebrate winning their match in the Women's Archery Team quarter finals during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: A general view as the competitors take aim during the Women's Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: Christian Weiss of Germany competes in the Men's Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 17: Paul Andre Hagen of Norway competes in the Men's Archery Team and Individual ranking round during day five of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 17, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 17: Athletes compete in the Archery Team and Individual ranking round during day five of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 17, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 17: A view of an athletes quiver in the Women's Archery Team and Individual ranking round during day five of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 17, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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Baku 2015 archers train ahead of the competition at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: A general view as the competitors take aim in the Men's Archery Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: Kieran Slater of Great Britain retrieves his arrows during the Men's Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: Kieran Slater of Great Britain retrieves his arrows during the Men's Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: Florian Kahllund of Germany competes in the Men's Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: Anastasia Pavlova of Ukraine smiles as she waits for the start of the Women's Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 22: (L-R) Silver medalist Sjef van den Berg of the Netherlands, gold medalist Miguel Alvarino Garcia of Spain, and silver medalist Anton Prilepov of Belarus stand on the medal platform following the Men's Individual finals during day ten of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 22, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: Shireen-Zoe de Vries of the Netherlands marks her score during the Women's Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: A general view as the competitors take aim during the Men's Individual Ranking Round during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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Sjef Van Den Berg is standing out from the crowd at Baku 2015. Francois Nel/Getty Images
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 22: A face used as a target is seen during practice prior to the Men's Archery Individual Elimination Rounds during day ten of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 22, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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A review of Archery at the Baku 2015 European Games

Miguel Alvarino Garcia of Spain won the men's individual gold medal on the final day of Archery competition at the Baku 2015 Games on Monday.

After an afternoon of hard-fought contests that were affected by the strongest wind of the competition, Alvarino Garcia's 7-1 defeat of Sjef van den Berg of the Netherlands was relatively straightforward.

Anton Prilepov of Belarus won the bronze medal match, defeating Pole Slawomir Naploszek 7-3.

Karina Winter of Germany won the women's individual competition, defeating Denmark's Maja Jager 6-2 in the gold medal match.

On the day of the summer solstice, Winter lost the first set before storming back to take the next three, finishing with a perfect 30 in the final set. 

"I shot so many 10s today. Two perfect scores, it was just amazing. I had that feeling, I was in that flow. I was so confident and focused," said the European Games champion, "and my technique worked out."

Jager, the 2013 world champion, said how hard it is to win when your opponent shoots a score of 30. "She shot really well. That's a perfect score. There was not much I could do in the end," admitted the Dane.

Earlier in the week, Baku 2015 had begun well for Italy's archers. Natalia Valeeva and Mauro Nespoli triumphed in the mixed team event, defeating Georigia 5-3 in the final.

The Italian pair lost the first set to Khatuna Narimanidze and Lasha Pkhakadze before shooting a near-flawless second and third set to take control of the final.

Italy then picked up their second gold medal in the women's team final, beating Belarus 5-3. Elena Tonetta was Italy's final archer, and said the success of her teammates earlier had inspired her.

"Yesterday, when they played the national anthem for the mixed team, I said to Guendalina (Sartori), 'I want to hear this for us as well'. When I shot the last arrow, I burst into tears."

"I haven't won an important medal for a very long time. I haven't been on the top step of the podium for ages," said Tonetta.

Having picked up a bronze in that competition, Ukraine went one stage further in the men's team event, and the final against Spain went all the way to the wire. 

The resulting shoot-off was a true test of nerve, and one which the Spanish ultimately lost as Juan Ignacio Rodriguez, with time running out and the wind swirling, could only score a six. 

 


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