Mexico's Aida Roman kisses her silver medal during the victory ceremony for the women's individual archery event at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Lord's Cricket Ground August 2, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
Mexico's hope to earn its first Gold medal at the London Olympics suffered a blow after judges announced that Ki Bo-Bae's arrow sat closer to the bull's-eye than the arrow of Aida Roman from Mexico.
The women's individual archery event was so disputed on Thursday that it came down to the final arrow in this way to determine the winner and the runner-up.
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Although Mexico lost to South Korea, the loss was slightly leveraged by Mexico earning the bronze medal for the event as well. It was Mariana Avitia who placed third in the event giving Mexico its 4th medal at the 2012 Olympics. Avitia beat out American Khatuna Lorig in the bronze medal match.
Mexico's silver and bronze signal a new era for the country in archery since they are the country's first medals in the discipline in Olympic history.
According to Reuters, Aida Roman was called by Felipe Calderon, Mexico's president, who congratulated her on her achievement.
"The president of Mexico called me and he was very happy. Of course he asked me about that eight, but he said all of Mexico was very happy," Roman said.
Mexico still possesses good chances of earning gold medals at the Olympics in events such as Taekwondo with Maria del Rosario Espinoza - the 2008 Gold medalist - who competes on August 11, and in soccer.
The Mexican soccer team has qualified for the quarterfinals with an undefeated record and next up it'll battle against Senegal for a position in the semi-finals.
With still much Olympics left, Mexico has already surpassed its medal count of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is on its way to scoop up the Gold it lacks compared to four years ago.