Athlete of the year

Olympic bronze medallist Mariana Avitia is the Archery Athlete of the Year 2012, World Archery has announced.

Selected by the archery community on World Archery’s Facebook page, the 19-year-old Mexican archer made a name for herself by beating Korean legend Lee Sung Jin in the women’s individual quarter-finals in London.

Mariana Avitia

She was one of two Mexicans on the podium in that event – the first two archery medals the country has won.

This accolade adds to the multitude of honours Mariana has received in her own country, where she is fast becoming a household name.

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