Cavanagh and Stretton secure first British medal of World Archery Para Championships


Cavanagh and Stretton secure first British medal of World Archery Para Championships

John Cavanagh and Jessica Stretton guaranteed Great Britain's first medal of the World Archery Para Championships after an excellent display saw them reach the W1 open mixed team final.

The duo finished top of the standings and can go into the last round of competition with a chance of sealing top spot on the podium after a score of 150.

Cavanagh is a two-time Paralympic medallist, winning gold in the W1 individual at Athens 2004 and silver in the same event in Beijing four years later.

Stretton, the W1 individual Rio 2016 champion, already has one World Championships podium finish under her belt, a bronze in the W1 individual in Donauschingen, Germany, in 2015.

The pair will take on Russia in the gold medal match on Saturday, while Japan and South Korea will contest bronze.

Elsewhere, Phoebe Pine, on her World Championships debut, and John Walker will be gunning for bronze in the mixed team compound on Sunday, after a narrow defeat against Iran left them with a chance for a place on the podium against Italy.

The day also started positively for Britain’s female archers, with Pine and Jodie Grinham, who won silver in the mixed team compound at Rio 2016, both easing through to tomorrow’s last 32 in the women’s individual compound with scores of 139 and 128, respectively.

However, Nathan MacQueen, John Stubbs and Walker fell agonisingly short of a chance at a medal, losing out in the last eight of the men's team compound.

Despite a valiant effort, their score of 219 was three short of the United States team of Andre Shelby, Ben Thornton and Lance Thompson.

And it was similar story for Pine, Stretton and Victoria Rumary, who bowed out in the quarter-finals of the women’s compound after finishing sixth with 214, nine adrift of Russia’s 225, which secured them the last place in the final.