7 June 2019
Stretton's double silver day at World Championships
Jess Stretton was edged out of a gold medal in a sudden-death shoot out at the 2019 World Para-archery Championships.
The Paralympic champion had to settle for silver as she was beaten by Nur Syahidah Alim, who shot closer to the centre of the target in a single shot playoff in Hertogenbosch.
Stretton had produced a penultimate-end comeback, leaving it 114-114 after the fourth end having trailed the Singaporean archer for most of the match.
The 19-year-old, fresh set from setting a new world record score of 148⁄150 in the compound women’s open division in the semi-finals, matched her opponent with 27 points in the last end before she was edged out in the shoot off.
That saw the British archer, who won gold at Rio 2016 in the women’s individual compound W1, make it two silver medals in the Netherlands.
Stretton was denied gold at the last alongside teammates Jodie Grinham and Phoebe Pine as they lost out to China in the compound women open team gold medal playoff.
The trio had to settle for silver after a perfect 30 points from the final three Chinese arrows meant they took a 226-224 victory.
Earlier at the event in Holland, Great Britain secured three places at next year’s Paralympic Games in Japan.
Friday’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic qualifying tournament saw the team secure one place in each of the recurve men’s open and women’s open events.
David Phillips beat American Timothy Palumbo 7-1 in the bronze medal match to secure the spot for the men, while Hazel Chaisty’s silver medal – after losing 7-3 to Ukraine’s Roksolana Dzoba-Balyan in the gold medal match – did the job for the women.
Two compound men’s places have been also been confirmed, as well as one compound women’s place thanks to British performances in the main draw.
Pictures: World Archery
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