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Golden Brown is too hot for rivals
Danielle Brown won her category in the Grand Final of the 2013 National Series, British archery’s blue riband event.
The Lothersdale competitor – who shoots from a sitting position due to having sympathetic dystrophy, which affects her ability to stand – celebrated her first able-bodied British title after beating Lucy O’Sullivan in the final at Wollaton Hall in Notting- ham.
Paralympian Brown needed to shoot a perfect ten with her final arrow in the women’s compound competition to clinch the gold medal and said: “Winning this feels incredible.
“She put me under real pressure and it was anybody’s match all the way through.”
Brown had beaten Andrea Gales by 144 points to 133 in the semi-finals to set up the clash with two-times champion O’Sullivan, who saw off 2012 finalist Rikki Bingham.
In the end the gold medal outcome came down to a single point in windy conditions.
Brown and O’Sullivan were neck and neck until a strong gust pushed one of O’Sulli- van’s arrows into the eight band in the fourth end, giving Brown a three-point lead.
O’Sullivan gradually pulled back the points until, with her final arrow, she shot a nine. This meant that a ten from Brown would secure the title and she held her nerve to achieve her goal.
Gales took the bronze medal after a tense match with Bingham, during which the lead switched continually before running out the winner by four points.
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