Great Britain’s archers have been among the medals at the European Archery Championships in Nottingham this weekend.
GB’s men’s recurve team won a silver after being beaten by well-fancied Russia in an agonisingly close gold medal match. Roared on by a partisan crowd, Larry Godfrey, Kieran Slater and Patrick Huston had led the Russians 4-2 before being taken to a shoot-off. With the scores level, the boys had to settle for silver as Russia’s arrow was closest to the centre.
Huston, who earlier this week secured his place at the Olympic Games, took the bronze medal in the individual event, while Britain’s women’s team lost their bronze medal match to Germany. Huston beat French left-hander Lucas Daniel to complete a memorable week for the Northern Irishman.
Great Britain’s ladies – Amy Oliver, Naomi Folkard and Bryony Pitman – were up against a strong German outfit and despite defeat will look back on a fine week with pride, the highlight of which was a win over Russia in the quarter-finals.
The compound women’s team of Andrea Gales, Naomi Jones and Daisy Clark, fresh from their stunning win over world champions Ukraine earlier in the week, just missed out on a medal after their bronze medal match with the Netherlands ended in defeat.
Despite a couple of near misses over the weekend it has been another superb week for British archery. The team have exceeded expectations and they will head to the Olympic Games full of confidence. Congratulations to everyone who took part and the organisers for putting on a memorable event. Bring on Rio!
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