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Lothersdale's Brown so close to bronze in World Archery Championships
10:02am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
Not even a storming finish could help Danielle Brown to a team bronze medal with Great Britain at the World Championships in Turkey.
The Lothersdale archer, Rikki Bingham and Andrea Gales closed their women’s compound challenge with three maximum scores of ten but were still pipped 219-217 by France in Belek-Antalya.
Brown, Bingham and Gales finished magnificently, dropping only two points in their last six arrows while France managed just 52.
But they had left it fractionally too late to turn things around after falling eight points behind in the third end.
Archery GB performance manager Barry Eley said: “Andrea, Danielle and Rikki have all shot very well in extremely difficult conditions over the past few days and all their hard work as a team so nearly paid off.
“I am very proud of them and they are a great example to our junior archers going off to the World Youth Championships this week.”
Brown, who recently became an Honorary Freeman of the District of Craven, now turns her attention to the Para World Championships in Bangkok on November 1-7. She tweeted: “Happy that I shot in the finals field at my first World Championships! Can’t wait for the para worlds now.”
She competes in the women’s open compound alongside Mel Clarke, while Phil Bottomley of Shipley is in the recurve men’s standing.
Meanwhile, Paralympic coach Michael Peart tweeted: “Well done to GB women’s compound team for a thrilling bronze-medal match. So close to getting the bronze.”
Peart added: “This year Perfor-mance put the benchmark higher than ever and I am so pleased that so many of our archers have risen to the challenge.”
“I feel we have an incredibly strong team and I can’t wait for us to get to Bangkok and start competing.”
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