Medal glory, as Paralympians shine in Arizona
by Peter Jones
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Great Britain’s Paralympian archers have been blazing the trail yet again, this time at the prestigious Arizona Cup tournament in Phoenix, USA.
With a day of competition still to go, Britain has won three gold, five silver and two bronze medals.
They are competing in a world ranking Paralympic Archery tournament, but they are also lining up against top class able-bodied rivals such as the American compound trio, Vic Wunderle, Dave Cousins and Jamie Van Natta.
And for the second year running, Danielle Brown has made herself at home in the Grand Canyon state, breaking another world record on her way to winning the gold medal in the women’s open compound tournament.
In the qualification round, Danni set a new world best with a score of 679 for the 70-metre (72 arrows), and went on to beat this the following day, with a score of 682. The compound women’s trio of Danni, Mel Clarke and Pippa Britton also set a new world record, with a score of 1988 for the 70m round (3 X 72 arrows) on their way to the team bronze medal, competing against able-bodied rivals.
Once again, British women dominated the compound event, with Danni beating Mel in the final, while Sarah Beamish beat Pippa to the bronze medal.
Danni also took a silver medal in the compound mixed team tournament, linking up with John Stubbs, and finishing creditable runners-up to the USA pairing of Cousins and Van Natta.
Kate Murray and Paul Browne came fourth in the recurve mixed tournament, but both won individual honours, with Kate claiming one of Team GB’s three individual gold medals. Philip Bottomley completed the golden trio, when he beat the USA’s Steve Bosson in the final. But the US gained revenge in the bronze medal match, when Michael Lukow defeated Kenny Allen.
There were silver medals too for John Cavanagh, Paul Browne and the evergreen Fred Stevens, who beat team-mate John Stubbs in the semi-finals of the men’s compound, but missed out on the gold when USA’s Dugie Denton beat him in the final.
John secured himself the bronze medal with victory over another American, Jonathan Mize. Fred, John, and Alasdair Hamilton came seventh in the men’s team tournament.