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Valeeva denied chance to win third gold

Natalia Valeeva
Natalia Valeeva of Italy competes during the Women's Archery Individual. Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Italian knocked out of the women's individual Archery competition

Natalia Valeeva was eliminated from the women's individual competition on Sunday morning, ending her quest to win a third gold medal from as many events at the Baku 2015 European Games.

The no.3 seed upset came at the hands of no.30 seed Yuliya Lobzhenidze of Georgia, who won 6-2 in the opening match of the day at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium.

"I was lacking decisiveness, I was a bit low in tone," Valeeva said.

"These technical mistakes have been recurrent in this competition. I was unstable."

The 45-year-old won the mixed team event with Mauro Nespoli and the women's team title with Guendalina Sartori and Elena Tonetta.

She said her success at Baku 2015 was unexpected. 

"I'm very happy with the results so far because technically I wasn't ready. It is a work in progress," she said.

"I was surprised by the medals. I came to the competition just to prepare for the Olympic Games. For our national committee, CONI, the medals are wonderful.

"For me, this competition has been a heavy effort because my focus is to work on my technique to be ready for the competition at the world championships (in Copenhagen, Denmark) in five weeks, which are going to be very difficult.

"Sometimes I wonder if I'm fully myself at my age, still wondering if I should carry on," the mother of three said.


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