Final flourish at World Para Championships!
The World Para-Archery Championships in Beijing ended in style today as Paralympic double champion John Walker and Phoebe Pine added compound mixed team bronze to Britain’s medals haul.
They faced Italy’s Alberto Simonelli and Eleonora Sarti of Italy in a tense match. There was only one point in it – the final score was 152-151 – but it was enough to secure the medal and place Great Britain fourth in the final medal standings.
John later told World Archery: ““Rolly and Eleanora have been my friends for a long time. To face them and come out on top is huge,”
Nineteen-year-old Phoebe, who was making her international debut, said: “To come home with a medal is beyond my wildest dreams!”
It came a day after Jessica Stretton completed a clean sweep for Britain’s W1 women and won a second, mixed team, gold with John Cavanagh.
The Paralympic champion and world number one went head to head with teammate Jo Frith – who won individual silver and mixed team gold in Rio – in the world title decider. And she led from the start. Jo pulled back in the latter stages, tying the final end 29-29 but Jess had done enough, chalking up a final score of 141-133.
Britain’s clean sweep had earlier been set up by championship debutante Victoria Rumary. She beat Japan’s Hirasawa Nako to bronze after building up a commanding lead.
Jess’s individual world title came after a terrific mixed team performance with Athens Paralympic gold and Beijing silver medallist John Cavanagh. The top seeds beat Japan convincingly – 150-130 – to set up a gold medal showdown with Russia. The first two ends were pretty evenly matched but then the British pair opened up a nine-point lead. The Russians pulled one back in the final end but it was too late.
Jess – who broke her own world record in qualifying – and John were the mixed team world champions.
She later told World Archery: “This is just one of the best feelings. It’s phenomenal. We’re doing so well because of all the hard work and dedication we put into training.”
You can find all the results here.
Picture: John Walker and Phoebe Pine in action, courtesy of World Archery
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