Emotion flooded from the German recurve women’s team following its early-round victory over Mexico at the ’s-Hertogenbosch 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships, and Michelle Kroppen was eager to join them.

She just needed to know why they were celebrating.

“I didn’t know what was happening,” Kroppen recalled of her teammates jumping and crying after securing a full women’s quota for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “Everyone was talking about the quota places, and I was just shooting.”

Slotted as the second archer between veterans Elena Richter and Olympic silver medallist Lisa Unruh, Kroppen could shoot without concerning herself with the implications of her performance.

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