British archery is in fine fettle and nowhere more so than in the Para division. GB archers picked up two more golds recently, to fire us up to 2nd place in the European Para-Archery Cup medals table.
Stretton piling up the medals
Jessica Stretton, who only turned 18 this year, is a Paralympic gold medallist, an MBE, a multiple world record holder, a World Champion and holder of a glut of other titles – and she added yet another by edging past Russian Stepanida Artakhinova in the gold medal match. Jess, who pipped teammate Jodie Grinham en route to the final, is now 2nd in the rankings behind Artakhinova despite having shot in only two of the stages. Jodie Grinham is in third spot.
Rumary wins shoot-off
Victoria Rumary tops the W1 rankings after narrowly beating Kim Ok Geum of Korea in the final. They finished their final end tied on 129, which meant a shoot-off – and both archers fired a 10 with no clear winner. That meant another shoot-off, and the Korean shot a nine as Victoria responded with a 10 to secure the win. Teammate Jo Frith is currently third in the rankings.
GB teams on the podium again
The medals didn’t end there, however. Jodie Grinham, Victoria Rumary and Jessica Stretton made up a strong compound team and, as top seeds, faced Korea in the final – only to be edged out by a single point and take home the silver.
Victoria teamed up with John Cavanagh for the mixed W1 match. The top seeds lost to the USA in the semis and so they too faced 2nd seeds Korea, and triumphed 142-138 to collect the bronze.
And last but certainly not least, Jessica and John Stubbs took on Turkey in the bronze medal match – winning 153-149 to complete another good weekend for our para archers.
Over the years we’ve interviewed a number of our para archers who’ve each provided tremendous and often inspiring insight into the work they put in and much more. Check out our features with the likes of John Walker, Nathan Macqueen, Jodie Grinham, and Jess Stretton.
Congratulations to all GB competitors and medallists!
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