Aalin so close to golden glory, but silver a marvelous performance

May 22nd, 2010
by Peter Jones
The listing was posted by Archery GB

Britain's Aalin George has won a European Junior Cup silver medal in her first international tournament.

Aalin, 14, missed out by the narrowest of margins in her women's compound cadet final against Slovenia's Toja Cerne.

In windy conditions in Reggio Calabria, Italy, Aalin and her rival finished all square - meaning a sudden death tie break.

Both archers scored a 9, but Aalin missed out on the gold medal because her arrow was three milimetres further away from the middle than the Slovenian.

Said Performance manager Barry Eley: "It was an agonising way to miss out on the gold medal, but Aalin has done fantastically well this week.

"She's the youngest member of the team, it's her international debut, and she has put in an marvelous performance to win an individual silver medal. She's a real star of the future."

But British archers will be bringing gold back home. The compound junior girls team of Kirsty Davies, Zoe Coggins and Mary Perrott were awarded the gold medal after beating Italy - guided by former GB Head Coach Peter Suk. GB and Italy were the only two teams in the competition, but despite that, medals were still awarded.