British archery enjoyed a fine 2016 and the new year is off to a flyer with more medals accumulated at the Fazza International Para Archery Championships in Dubai and the Indoor Archery World Cup in Nimes, France.
British archers are getting used to winning medals and our crack para team, fresh from dominating the archery at the Rio Olympics, topped the medal table out in Dubai after some superb performances saw us claim two golds, a silver and a bronze – plus a pair of international team gold medals, one silver and a bronze.
After recent successes for John Walker, it was the turn of Nathan Macqueen and Jess Stretton to bask in gold medal glory. Nathan beat the top seed Alberto Simonelli by two points to claim compound gold. Nathan, who after his triumph soared to 7th in the world rankings, said on his Facebook page:
Can’t believe it. Happy doesn’t cover it. Bagged my first international medal and did it in style, beating the world number one.
In the same section, Nathan’s teammate John Cavanagh was pipped to the bronze medal by Slovakia’s Peter Kinik.
Jubilant Jess breaks her own world record
Teenager Jess Stretton continued her remarkable ascent as she stormed to W1 gold, breaking her own W1 Women’s 720 world record along the way with a superb score of 656.
In the compound section Jodie Grinham took silver after a narrow loss against Brazilian top seed Jane Karla in the final, while Phoebe Pine – facing a tough task against the French 2nd seed Julie Chupin – was pipped to bronze and finished fourth.
Individual recurve bronze was claimed by Hazel Chaisty who was beaten in a close match by Iraq’s Zaman Al-Saidi. Hazel later teamed up with Paul Browne in the International Mixed Team to win gold, beating the 2nd seeds in the final 5-3.
In the compound competition Phoebe Pine and Julie Chupin took the silver medal, while Ben Edwards – alongside Brazilian Andrey Castro – triumphed over the top seeds in the bronze medal encounter.
Alyssia strikes gold in France
There has been medal success in the junior ranks, too, with Alyssia Tromans-Ansell taking recurve gold at the Indoor Archery World Cup in Nimes, France. At the same event, four-time Olympian Naomi Folkard took bronze while Thomas Nairn also claimed a bronze in the junior recurve.
Well done to everyone representing Archery GB and congratulations to the medallists – 2017 looks set to be another great year for British archery.
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