Sara Lopez is described as the best archer of Colombia and one of the finest around the world. Over the past three years, she has stood out as the leader of the world ranking in terms of compound bow and she has won titles in Cups, World Championships, Central American and Caribbean Games. Moreover, Sara Lopez holds a world record in compound bow.
Sara Lopez first participated in a competition in 2010, when she was barely 15 years old, although her big event was the Olympic qualifying competition that took place in Medellin, in 2011. Two years later, her name hit the headlines as she won the World Cup in Antalya.
Afterwards, in 2014, Lopez was victorious in another stage of the World Cup, held in Lausanne, Switzerland. By the end of the year, she stood out in Veracruz Central American and Caribbean Games, where she conquered the title in Single Compound Bow and got the silver medal in Compound Bow in Team and in Compound Bow in Mixed Team.
In 2015, Lopez obtained several victories. For example, she hit the gold in Single Compound Bow and in Team in the World Cup carried out in Shanghai, China. She got the first title in a hard-fought final against Mexican Linda Ochoa, with four points up, 149-145.
Moreover, in August she broke her own double-distance world record with 713 points scored by her 72 arrows, in a tournament held in Medellin.
The excellent year continued with another gold medal in the World Cup organized in Mexico. Lopez defeated Russian Maria Vinogradova in the final, 145-137. “Those were intense tournaments, but I’m very happy because my aim was to hold the title for Colombia for three years in a row,” Lopez said after the competition, held at Mexico City’s Zocalo.
Every athlete dreams about winning an Olympic Games, but it seems that Lopez won’t have the opportunity to do it, not due to her lacking the talent, but because her mode, compound bow, is not included in the official competition program of these Olympic events.
Several people have told Lopez to practice recurve bow, which is actually an Olympic sport; nevertheless, the Colombian athlete is not interested in the change. “I like compound bow and practicing another sport would be unsuitable, since I study medicine and I’m shy of time,” the athlete explained.