British women compounders dominate in Delhi

March 10, 2010
by Peter Jones
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National Series champion Lucy O'Sullivan is in line for another medal at a major event - and will line up with two familiar faces in the women's compound semi-finals at the Commonwealth Gamest Test Event in Delhi.

Lucy - representing Jersey, and who beat England's Andrea Gales on her way to the last four - now faces Tracey McGowan for a place in the final, after the Scottish archer saw off the top seed and fellow Brit Nicky Hunt in the quarter-finals.

Nichola Simpson, who beat Scotland's Claudine Jennings for a place in the last four, lines up aginst India's Gagandeep Kaur on Friday.

The women's compound tournament provides the only hope of home archers returning with a medal, but there were some sterling performances, with British representatives reaching the quarter-finals in men's compound and recurve, and in the women's recurve tournament.

Indeed, Louise Colville, representing England, produced one of the results of the day when defeated the top seed Rimil Buruily in the second round of the women's recurve event, before bowing out in the quarter-finals. The two other English archers, Abi Clayton and Estelle Edwick, both reached the last 16, as did Rebecca Dawson of Wales.

In the men's recurve, Scotland's Simon Needham was one of only two non-Indians who made it through to the quarter-finals. He lost to the second seeded Rahul Banerjee, and now only Cheng Chu Sian of Malaysia can prevent an Indian clean sweep of the medals.

Englishmen Mark Franklin and James Forbes both made the quarter-finals in the men's compound, in another tournament dominated by the host nation. Again, only a Malaysian - Franklin's conquorer Muhammad Zaki Mahazan - can prevent an Indian 1-2-3 in this competition.

Tomorrow will be dominated by the team tournaments, with the individual semi-finals and finals taking place on Friday.