World Cup Silver for Compound Women
"When you're going up against arguably the best team on the planet in a World Cup gold medal match, you know you need to bring your A game. We did that," coach, Simon Scott, said.
Saturday’s compound finals day saw the GB women take on Colombia in a bid for the gold medal and the title. From the very first end, all six archers on the field of play showed what they were capable of with a 59 for GB and a 60 for Colombia. In end two, Colombia managed to narrowly extend their lead by another point, taking the match to 119-117.
“Ella is a quality opener, Layla was born for following that up, and Bayley is superb under the pressure of the clock, so the team order works perfectly,” Scott told us.
GB didn’t let their opponents gain a single point in the third end, both teams shooting a very clean 59 each. It all came down to the fourth and final end with Colombia still two points ahead. Both teams shot a perfect thirty apiece and in the last three arrows GB shot nines giving them 57. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough to beat Colombia’s final end score of 58 winning them the match and the gold medal, 236-233.
“I’m really proud to be a part of a team with Ella and Layla,” Bayley Sargeant said. “I’m excited to shoot with them again in the future to see what we can do.”
On Sunday were the recurve finals, where GB’s Patrick Houston had his semi finals and final match. In the semis, Houston faced USA’s Jack Williams who ranked in 7th after the qualification round. It was Williams who took the first two sets, but Houston gained a set back with a 26 end to his opponent’s 24. In the end, it was Williams who took the win and put him in the gold medal match against fellow American, Brady Ellison. For the bronze, Houston met Italian, Federico Musolesi, the world number 39 ranked. The Italian took the first two sets, and then Houston the third, but in the last end Musolesi scored a perfect 30 to give him the winning set.