Gold and silvers as teams shine at Euro Grand Prix!
Our athletes added gold and two silver medals to Britain’s haul in Bucharest today!
Compounders Layla Annison and Stuart Taylor were unstoppable as they swept to European Grand Prix mixed team gold. The fourth seeds saw off Greece 151-146, Cyprus 158-146 and top seeds Russia 150-149 before taking the title with a 150-141 victory over Italy.
Duncan Busby, Adam Ravenscroft and Neil Bridgewater were shooting for team gold. They beat Romania 236-225, Switzerland 232-228 and Sweden 235-218 to secure a gold medal showdown with second-ranked Germany. And the came so close but Germany edged ahead to claim the title with a 231-225 win.
There was a hard-earned silver too for Layla Annison, Lucy O’Sullivan and Lucy Mason. The third seeds fought off challenges from Ukraine, winning 228-215, and beating Italy 230-227 to face Estonia for the title. It was another tough battle but the Estonians edged three points ahead to claim the gold.
These, plus the three medals won yesterday in the continental quota tournament, brought Britain’s haul to six medals, putting us into third place in the medal standings.
Our athletes also won the last two quota places needed to ensure we have the maximum one per discipline to add to our recurve team place at the European Games in Minsk.
Compound Programme Manager Jon Nott said: “It was the best team effort I have ever seen on an archery field from GB archers. We worked together to win our quota places in style!”
The men’s quota competition came to a thrilling conclusion as Adam Ravenscroft and Stuart Taylor went head-to-head for the gold medal.
Qualifying in sixth spot gave Adam a bye into the last 32. He did not waste the opportunity beating Sweden’s Joakim Limas 145-144, teammate Duncan Busby 147-145, Sebastian Hamdorf of Germany 145-142 and second seed Marcel Trachsel 147-146. Thirteenth seed Stuart Taylor defeated Ukraine’s Anton Lilevskyi 143-139, Germany’s Marcus Laube 146-145, Estonian Robin Jaatma 143-142, Lars Klingner of Germany 144-139 and Ognjen Nedeljkovic of Serbia in a shoot-off.
The scene was set for a British classic and it did not disappoint as Adam battled to a 146-142 victory.
There was drama for Lucy Mason and Layla Annison too as both the gold and bronze finals went to shoot-offs. Seventh seed Lucy beat Styliani Kokkinou Georgiadou of Cyprus 145 – 141, Estonia’s Emily Hoim 140-139 and Croatian second seed Amanda Mlinaric 145-142. That brought her face to face with Layla, who had seen off Greece’s Anastasia Tsakiri, Italy’s Sara Ret and Estonia’s Meeri-Marita Paas in a shoot-off. The British showdown was close but Lucy won 145-142 to face Germany’s Janine Meissner in the gold medal match.
That proved even closer. They tied on 143, and Lucy shot a 10 but Meissner hit the X to take gold. It was a similar story for Layla. She and Italian top seed Marcella Tonioli each scored 142 and both shot a 10 – but the Italian’s arrow edged closer to the centre.
Eighth seed Lucy O’Sullivan beat Anastasia Krasnitska of Ukraine 143-135 and won a shoot-off against Italy’s Irene Franchini to reach the quarter finals. There she met another Italian, top seed Marcella Tonioli and there was another shoot-off – and Tonioli edged it.
Twelfth seed Susan Corless fell to Karolin Puusepp of Estonia while Ella Gibson ranked fourth, was beaten 143-142 by Czech Martina Zikmundova.
Neil Bridgewater, ranked 19th, beat Poland’s Jan Wojtas 143-141 but fell to Mads Knudsen of Denmark while 33rd seed James Mason defeated Stefan Zikic of Serbia 143-140 and Austrian top seed Nico Wiener 144-143 but fell to Nedeljkovic.
You can find all the results here.
Above, our silver medal winning teams: Lucy O’Sullivan, Lucy Mason, Ella Gibson, Adam Ravenscroft, Neil Bridgewater and Duncan Busby