Crispin Duenas fires an arrow from his bowCOC/Jason Ransom
COC/Jason Ransom

Crispin Duenas


While watching the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Crispin Duenas thought to himself that one day he would march in just like the athletes he saw on TV. He has done so four times at Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo 2020. He recorded his best individual result at the latter, advancing to the 1/8 finals for Canada’s best finish in any Olympic archery tournament since 1976. 

Duenas has also competed at four Pan American Games, most recently winning gold in the men’s individual and team events at Lima 2019 where he also finished fourth in the debut of the mixed team event with partner Stephanie Barrett. He had previously won team silver at Rio 2007 before capturing individual silver at Guadalajara 2011. He also had the great opportunity to compete at home at Toronto 2015, placing 17th in the aftermath of a bout of bronchitis that cost him significant training time and caused him to lose 15 pounds. He went on to shoot a Canadian record 685/720 at the official Rio 2016 test event. 

Duenas had a major breakthrough at the 2013 World Archery Championships when he won bronze for Canada’s first world medal in the individual recurve event in 42 years. His only loss came in the semifinal to the reigning Olympic champion. Duenas was also part of the Canadian team that finished seventh for the country’s best worlds result since 1971. He came close to the world championship podium again in 2018 when he advanced to the men’s individual bronze medal match, ultimately finishing fourth. Duenas has a career-high world ranking of fifth.

A Little More About Crispin

Getting into the Sport: Started archery at age 13, drawn by the requirement for perfection… Outside Interests: Works as a high school substitute teacher (math and physics)… Enjoys pistol shooting and would like to try practical shooting… Graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011 with an honours Bachelor of Science in Physics… Graduated from U of T’s Teacher’s College in 2013… Has a minor in music and plays piano, drums, guitar, flute, trumpet… Played guitar with astronaut Chris Hadfield at the pre-Rio 2016 Olympic Excellence Series… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: Crispy, Black Duck… Favourite motto: “Practice does not make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect”…

Faits saillants olympiques

Jeux Sport Épreuve Rang
Beijing 2008ArcheryTeam - Men11
Beijing 2008ArcheryIndividual - Men39
London 2012ArcheryIndividual - Men33
Rio 2016ArcheryIndividual - Men17
Tokyo 2020ArcheryIndividual - Men9
Tokyo 2020ArcheryTeam - Mixed17

Palmarès international

Olympic Games: 2020 - 9th (individual), 17th (mixed team); 2016 – 17th (individual); 2012 – 33rd (individual); 2008 – 39th (individual), 11th (team)

Pan American Games: 2019 – GOLD (individual), GOLD (team), 4th (mixed team), 2015 – 17th (individual), 6th (team); 2011 – SILVER (individual), 4th (team); 2007 – 7th (individual), SILVER (team)

Commonwealth Games: 2010 – 9th (individual)

WA World Championships: 2019 – 9th (individual), 9th (team); 2018 – 4th (individual); 2017 – 10th (individual), 14th (team); 2015 – 9th (individual), 9th (team); 2013 – BRONZE (individual), 7th (team); 2011 – 33rd (individual), 9th (team); 2009 – 10th (individual), 12th (team); 2007 – 17th (individual), 8th (team); 2005 – 54th (individual)

Pan American Championships: 2018 – SILVER (individual), 5th (team); 2014 – 4th (individual), 5th (team); 2010 – BRONZE (individual), SILVER (team); 2006 – 6th (individual), SILVER (team)