Virgin Islands Archer Nicolas D’Amour shows off his Gold Medal and games mascot “Volco” after defeating Team Colombia’s Jorge Enriquez 6-0, in the Men’s Recurve Finals Thursday, at the Merliot City Archery Range during at the San Salvador 2023 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in El Salvador.
The final day of Men’s Recurve Individual action started with D’Amour facing Team Cuba’s Hugo Franco in Heat 2 of the Semifinals. Both archers found themselves similarly matched, as Franco was ranked #2 with D’Amour ranked #3 at the beginning of the CAC Games.
Franco was a little off the mark in the first two games of the match, as his arrows hit an eight in games one and two. D’Amour used the opportunity to build himself a 4-0 lead, needing only two more points to move forward.
In what could’ve been the deciding game of the match, Franco locked in and tied D’Amour with 28 target points each, which split the game points at one apiece. This carried the score to 5-1 and gave Franco another chance to keep the match alive.
The fourth and deciding game started with the first arrows going in favor of D’Amour, 10-9. The second arrows was a reversal in score with Franco having a 10-9 advantage, and tying the score at 19. When Franco released his third arrow and hit a nine, that meant D’Amour only needed to a nine as well for the win. D’Amour indeed was equal to the task and hit a nine to send him to the Gold Medal match and Franco to the Bronze Medal match.
D’Amour headed into the Gold Medal match with fire in his eyes and dominated Enriquez in all three games winning the match, 6-0, giving the 22-year-old his first medal at the CAC Games.