Danielle Brown beats Great Britain team-mate to win Paralympic archery gold
4:53pm Tuesday 4th September 2012 in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News
Great Britain’s Danielle Brown successfully defended her Paralympic Games title with a narrow victory over team-mate Mel Clarke in a tense women’s individual compound final at the Royal Artillery Barracks which went down to the final arrow.
Brown, who lives in Lothersdale near Keighley, won Paralympic gold in 2008, the Commonwealth Games team title in Delhi two years ago and has now triumphed at London 2012.
Brown met compatriot Clarke, bronze medallist from Beijing, in the final, winning 6-4.
The Britons could not be separated early on, scoring 27-27 in the first set and 29-29 in the second, before three arrows of nine saw Brown, who was shooting first, take a 4-2 lead.
Clarke responded to take the fourth set 29-26 and level at 4-4 to force a fifth.
She required a maximum ten score on the final arrow to win but she shot a seven – her worst arrow of the final – as the pressure told and Brown won.
In the semi-finals, Brown claimed a 6-2 semi-final success over Marina Lyzhnikova and Clarke beat Stepanida Artakhinova, another Russian, 6-0.
Artakhinova claimed bronze with a 7-3 defeat of her team-mate Lyzhnikova.