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Another Rio place - and more medal matches

on 28-08-2015 12:52

Great Britain now has five confirmed places at the 2016 Paralympics - plus four more archers in medal matches after today's action at the World Archery Para Championships and Paralympic qualifier in Donaueschingen. 

Second W1 seed Jo Frith powered past Spain's Liliana Oliveros before coming up against teammate Jessica Stretton in the semis. Jo won 140-132 and now faces the top seed, China's Guo Ying, in the gold medal match. Jessica also faces a Chinese opponent, Zhang Lu, in the battle for bronze after seeing off another teammate, Vicky Jenkins, in the quarter finals.

John Stubbs will be shooting for compound bronze on Sunday. He was given a bye into the last 32 but then made short work of Canadian Kevin Evans, Turkey's Bulent Korkmaz and Hadi Nori of Iran before just losing out to top seed Alberto Simonelli of Italy. He now faces Jonathon Milne of Australia.

It was, however, Mikey Hall who added the fifth Paralympic place with his third round win over Shakir Khalef of Iraq. But Mikey was then denied a quarter finals place, losing 139-138 to American Andre Shelby.

Mel Clarke will also be shooting for bronze. Along the way she defeated Ukraine's Larysa Mikhnieva and Spaniard Carmen Rubio before coming face-to-face with teammate Jodie Grinham in the quarter final. A single point put her through to the semis but she could not get past seconds seed Eleonora Sarti of Italy. She now faces top seed Kim Misoon of Korea. And it was a great learning experience for Jodie who beat Russians Marina Lyzhnikova and Stepanida Artakhinova before coming up against Mel.

Britain's recurvers were also in action today. Paul Browne beat Brazil's Diogo De Souza 6-2 and now faces Timothy Palumbo of the USA for a place in the last 16. David Phillips eased past Spain's Jose Manuel Marin 6-2. His next opponent is Ireland's Barry Guider.

Kate Murray defeated American Teresa Wallace 7-3 to join Tania Nadarajah in the last 32. She now faces fourth seed Lee Hwa Sook of Korea while Tania must defeat Mohadeseh Kohansal of Iran.

They will be back in action tomorrow, along with our W1 men and VI archers. The finals will be on Saturday and Sunday.


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