GB archers have wasted no time getting among the medals and the records in 2016. Last year saw numerous Archery GB archers collect titles and medals around the world, and 2016 has got off to a great start.
Bryony picks up where she left off
Bryony Pitman, last year’s junior European Field champion, has picked up where she left off with a terrific silver medal at the Indoor World Cup in Nimes, France. Bryony stormed through the field and met Melanie Gaubil in the final, only to find the French shooter just fractionally too good. There was only a point in it in every set, but Bryony will be delighted with this terrific start to the year.
World records, silvers and a bronze in Dubai
15 year old Jessica Stretton set a new world record en route to securing a fine silver medal at the Fazza International Para Archery Championship in Dubai, where friend of Kudos Graham Potts was one of the judges. With just seven archers in Jessica’s category, the qualification rounds were contested separately by women and men, before being combined for the final and third/fourth placed play-off.
Jessica broke the women’s record after scoring 649 points during the qualification stages of the W1 open compound event – a 72-arrow round at 50 metres.
Her score topped the previous record, held by fellow Brit and reigning world champion Joanna Frith, by one point. Joanna finished on 638 points.
Jessica lost out in the final two to Czech Olympic gold medalist David Drahoninsky, who had broken the men’s world record during the qualification stages.
Nathan Macqueen took compound open silver after an extremely tough encounter against second seed Eric Pereira of France. Reigning W1 women’s world champion Joanna Frith lost out to Great Britain team mate John Walker in the bronze medal match to complete a pretty successful event for Archery GB.
Congratulations on a great start to 2016 and here’s to more medals as the year goes on!
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