Aída Román

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Aída Román
Aída Román CdMx.jpg
Román at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full nameAída Nabila Román Arroyo
Born (1988-05-21) May 21, 1988 (age 33)
Mexico City, Mexico
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight134 lb (61 kg)
Country Mexico
Coached bySong I Woo
Achievements and titles
Highest world rankingNumber 10 in the world December 2015

Aída Nabila Román Arroyo (born May 21, 1988) is a Mexican archer. A three-time Olympian, she won silver medal in the women's individual event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was the women's World Indoor Archery Champion in 2014. She has additionally achieved medal finishes at the World Archery Championships, Archery World Cup, and Pan American Games.


2007–2011: Continental successes and Olympic debut[edit]

Román first won selection to the Mexico national team in 2007 when she was chosen to compete in that year's Pan American Games, where she won a silver medal.[1]

Román made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, contesting the women's individual event as one of two Mexicans in the field alongside Mariana Avitia. Román finished the event's 72-arrow ranking round with a total score of 646 points, earning the 12th seed for the subsequent knock-out rounds.[2] Following victories over Veronique D'Unienville of Mauritius and Viktoriya Koval of Ukraine in the first two elimination rounds, she was defeated by North Korea's Kwon Un-Sil in the third round after scoring poorly in the final quarter of the 12-arrow contest. Speaking with the media following her loss a tearful Román was unable to explain her drop in accuracy,[3] though in an interview four years later she reflected that she had lacked the mental strength to handle the pressure of competing for a spot in the quarter-finals.[4]

Román was the most decorated female athlete at the 2010 Central American Games, winning seven gold medals and one silver medal. The following year she triumphed alongside Mariana Avitia and Alejandra Valencia at the 2011 Pan American Games, winning Mexico's first gold medal in the women's team event.[1]

2012: Olympic silver medalist[edit]

Román (left) with Ki Bo-bae and Mariana Avitia during the women's individual medal ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Román was selected to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, entering both the women's individual and women's team events with Avitia and Valencia. After scoring 658 points in the 72-arrow ranking round Román was seeded eleventh for the elimination rounds of the individual event, and her score combined with those of Avitia and Valencia earned Mexico the fourth seed for the team competition.[5]

Although Román and her teammates were eliminated from the team event at the quarter-final stage by Japan,[6] she made steady progress in the individual event, winning her first four matches to set up a semi-final against Avitia, who had delivered an upset against South Korea's Lee Sung-jin in the quarter-finals. Their encounter ensured Mexico its first Olympic archery medal with the winner guaranteed at least a silver medal by contesting the final. Román defeated her younger teammate to win by six set points to four, setting up a tie with in the gold medal match with Lee's compatriot Ki Bo-bae.[7]

The gold medal final between Román and Ki was a close match, and after five sets the pair were tied, necessitating a one-arrow shoot-off. Ki matched Román in shooting into the 8-ring of the target, but the South Korean's arrow was determined to be marginally closer to the centre of the target, earning her the gold medal.[8][9] With Avitia's earlier bronze medal success in the third-place playoff match, Román's silver medal marked the first time since the 1984 Summer Olympics that Mexican athletes had shared the podium in any Olympic discipline and the first time ever that it had been achieved by Mexican women.[10]

2016 Summer Olympics

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Román reached the second round of the individual event and was on the Mexican team that reached the quarterfinals.

In 2021, she won the silver medal in the women's team event at the 2021 World Archery Championships held in Yankton, United States.[11]

Individual performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR
Competitor for  Mexico
World Archery tournaments
Olympic Games 3R 2nd 0/2
World Championships 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 0/5
World Cup Final DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ QF W 1/2
End of year world ranking 23 18 16 14 22 3 6 12


  1. ^ a b "México, la nueva potencia en tiro con arco gracias a bob Román" [Mexico, the new power in archery thanks to bob Román]. Expansión (in Spanish). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Entre las primeras veinte" [Among the first twenty]. ESPN (in Spanish). Notimex. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  3. ^ "bob Román rompe en llanto tras su eliminación" [bob Román breaks into tears after her elimination]. El Informador (in Spanish). Notimex. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ Rodríguez, Amaury (20 April 2012). "Arquera mexicana apunta al control de sentimientos y emociones para ganar" [Mexican archer aims to control feelings and emotions to win]. Expansión (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  5. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "bob Román". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  6. ^ "México quedó fuera en Cuartos de Final en tiro con arco femenil" [Mexico is out in women's archery quarter-finals]. Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). 29 July 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Korea claims second gold as Mexico makes history". World Archery Federation. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  8. ^ Rutherford, Peter (2 August 2012). "Archery: Korean Ki wins gold in final shoot-off". Reuters. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Olimpiadas 2012: Mexicanas hacen el 2-3 histórico en tiro con arco (fotos)" [2012 Olympics: Mexicanas make historic 2-3 in archery (photos)]. La Opinión (in Spanish). Agencia EFE. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Archery Key Facts and Numbers". World Archery Federation. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Triple title sweep for Korean recurve teams in Yankton". World Archery. 24 September 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2021.

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