It’s been six long years since a men’s recurve team from Great Britain won a medal on the international stage, but Alex Wise, Tom Hall and Patrick Huston put that right when they combined to pick up a superb bronze medal at the second stage of the 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
‘More in the tank’ for GB trio
Having vanquished Spain and France along the way, they beat 4th seeds Malaysia 6-2 to secure the first podium finish since Larry Godfrey, Simon Terry and Alan Wills managed it in 2012.
Olympian Patrick Huston believes it is just the start for the talented trio:
This trio is the start of something special. We’ve been working together a while, and we’re starting to click now. This is down to a lot of winter practice. We’ve got a lot more in us. The results are coming out already. And there’s a lot more still in the tank. Patrick Huston
Rookie Alex Wise, just 17 and ranked 57th, had caused a major upset in the individual recurve by knocking out reigning World Archery champion Im Dong Hyun, but said the bronze was the highlight of his career so far.
I’ve never really done anything like this. I’ve done things on final stages at junior events, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of finally getting a result out here. Alex Wise
This trio is still young yet already accumulating great experience, and you get the sense that the future is extremely bright for our recurve boys. Congratulations to them on a fine achievement.
You can find all the results from Antalya here.
Elite Para archers medal in Sardinia
Meanwhile, eight of our top para archers tested themselves against the continent’s best in the first stage of the Para Archery European Cup in Sardinia.
In a fine result for GB, Jo Frith beat compatriot Victoria Rumary 133-127 to win gold, with Victoria taking the silver medal. Frith and Rumary combined with Jodie Grinham won the women’s team bronze, while Frith also won mixed team bronze alongside Martyn Saych to complete a successful week for British archers. Congratulations everyone!
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