A stylish conclusion to the World Archery Para Championships
on 30-08-2015 17:18
Britain's archers completed the World Archery Para Championships and Paralympic qualifier in Donaueschingen in style - by winning more medals! There was a clean sweep in the Visually Impaired 2/3 category as Stephen Prowse took gold, beating Peter Price. Carmel Bassett claimed bronze after defeating Italy's Claudio Peruffo 6-2 and it was silver for Roger-Rees-Evans in the VI1 competition.
Our W1 women took silver and bronze in their finals. Jo Frith, who had beaten Liliana Oliveros of Spain and teammate Jessica Stretton to land her spot in the gold medal match could not quite match the challenge posed by top seed Guo Ying of China.
Jessica had beaten another teammate, Vicky Jenkins, to land her medal match - and the teenager was determined not to come home empty-handed. She beat China's Zhang Lu 130-125.
And John Walker took silver in the men's competition. He had set a blistering pace throughout the competition, beating Omer Asik of Turkey, Russia's Konstantin Donskoi and teammate John Cavanagh. He put up a determined fight but could not quite wrest the gold from the Czech Republic's David Drahoninsky. John Cavanagh finished a creditable fourth.
It was bronze for John Stubbs in the compound competition. He had swept past Canadian Kevin Evans, Bulent Korkmaz of Turkey and Iran's Hadi Nori but was denied a gold medal match by Alberto Simonelli. He made up for it though, beating Australia's Jonathon Milne 136-128 to take the medal.
And Mel Clarke came so close to the bronze medal after seeing off Ukraine's Larysa Mikhnieva, Carmen Rubio of Spain and teammate Jodie Grinham. Her progress was halted by the eventual champion, Eleonora Sarti, and she was denied the medal by top seed, Korea's Kim Misoon.
Britain ended the championships in third place overall, with 10 medals - eight individual and two won by our mixed teams. And our archers earned nine Paralympic quota places for Rio 2016 - three compound open, two recurve open and four W1 places.