Hunt and Simpson set the standards at Delhi qualifying

March 9, 2010
by Peter Jones
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England's Nicky Hunt and Nichola Simpson dominated the opening day of the women's compound tournament at the Commonwealth Games Test Event in Delhi.
Nicky and Nichola qualified in first and second places with scores of 681 and 671 respectively after 72 arrows, while James Forbes and James Bingham both secured top ten places in the men's compound. Host nation India dominated qualifying in both the mens' and womens' recurve tournaments.

Nicky led throughout the qualifying shoot, while Nichola rose up to second place with a good second half performance, after sitting in sixth place after 36 arrows.

Jersey's Lucy O'Sullivan, in fourth, and the Scottish duo Claudine Jennings (seventh) and Tracey McGowan (ninth) also had top ten finishes, with England's Andrea Gales in 13th, and Scotland's Elaine Maclean and Susan Maitland in 17th and 21st respectively.

England qualified for the team event in top place, ahead of India, Scotland, New Zealand and Malaysia. In the men's event, England Scotland and Wales qualified in third, fourth and fifth places respectively, behind India and Malaysia.

The two James - Bingham and Forbes - finished in fifth and seventh respectively after 72 arrows, with Scotland's Alistair Whittingham in eighth, and Andrew Rose of Wales in 10th. Kyle Dods of Scotland and England's Mark Franklin went through in 13th and 14th places respectively, with Welshmen Roger Winnett and Malcolm Rees in 17th and 19th respectively, and Scotland's Timothy Keppie in 21st.

In the men's recurve, Indian archers took seven of the top ten positions, with Scotland's Simon Needham the highest placed British competitor in tenth. Jonathan Shales was England's highest qualifier in 12th, with Rob Hallworth 16th and Lee Williams two places below.

Scotland's other two competitors, James Laing and Mark Forester, were 14th and 15th respectively, while the Wales quintet of Anthony Nilson, Peter Bland, Glenn Bell, Steve Edwards, Glenn Bell and Gary Derraven were 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th and 25th respectively. Terence Coward was Jersey's best qualifier, in 22nd, with Geoffrey Hairon 26th and Stephen Roche 27th.

Scotland's trio secured them third seeding in the men's team tournament, with England fourth and Wales fifth. India took top spot ahead of Malaysia, as they did in the women's event, with Wales taking third seeding, ahead of England and Singapore.

Host nation India took the top eight positions in the women's qualifying, headed by Rimil Buruily, who led throughout. Scotland's Emma Downie was the top British qualifier, in tenth, while Estelle Edwick, in 13th, and Rebecca Dawson, 14th, were the best placed for England and Wales respectively.

Helen Bland and Gemma Underwood finished 16th and 19th respectively for Wales, with Louise Colville, 17th, and Abi Clayton, 22nd, completing the England qualifiers.  

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