PreviousNext

London 2012 Paralympics: Danielle Brown beats Mel Clarke in archery final

By // Sports | London 2012 Paralympics: Danielle Brown beats Mel Clarke in archery final
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 10:13 EST, 4 September 2012 | UPDATED: 12:47 EST, 4 September 2012

Great Britain's Danielle Brown dealt with the expectation to successfully defend her Paralympic title at the Royal Artillery Barracks in a tense women's individual compound competition final with team-mate Mel Clarke.

The 24-year-old archer from Steeton, West Yorkshire claimed a 6-4 win over Clarke in a final which went down to the last arrow to add London 2012 gold to her 2008 Paralympic title and 2010 Commonwealth Games team success.

Brown has been one of the faces of the Paralympics and said the success meant more to her than her Beijing triumph.

Brit special: Danielle Brown (right) and Mel Clarke (left) with their archery medals

Brit special: Danielle Brown (right) and Mel Clarke (left) with their archery medals

'I've been really feeling it (the pressure) the last couple of weeks, so to actually come here and manage to keep my head in the right place, I'm chuffed to bits,' she said.

'It's been crazy. I didn't think it would have affected me the way it has.

'My whole family and friends were out there watching me. It was just incredible - I was shaking so much.'

Brown claimed a 6-2 semi-final success over Marina Lyzhnikova and Clarke beat Stepanida Artakhinova, another Russian, 6-0 to set up the all-British clash.

Brown, who was shooting first in her distinctive pink hat, scored nine with her final arrow, meaning Clarke required a maximum 10 to win.

But she shot a seven - her worst score of the final - as the pressure told and Brown triumphed.

'My arrows had all gone and she had to play catch-up," Brown added.

Golden girl: Brown defended her archery title in London

Golden girl: Brown defended her archery title in London

'It was a 10 to tie the set and then we would've had to do a one-arrow shoot off.

'There were a few shots that could've been improved but I managed to pull it out when it mattered. It was good enough.'

Clarke was bronze medallist in Beijing and shot six scores of 10, compared to three scores of 10 for Brown.

But when it came to the final arrow, she was unable to shoot another maximum.

'It was a close match," the 30-year-old from Norwich said.

'I shot really well all day. I'm really proud. It came down to the last arrow and to be that close is brilliant.'

The compound event is not an Olympic discipline and despite her run of success Brown has no intention of switching to the recurve to target both Games in Brazil in four years' time.

History: Brown had also won the 2010 Commonwealth Games title

History: Brown had also won the 2010 Commonwealth Games title

'I'm not going to switch to recurve, I enjoy my compound way too much,' said the law graduate, who will not be able to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as archery will not be on the Glasgow programme.

'I definitely want to go to Rio. I don't want to go back into law, archery's way more fun.

'The more tournaments I go to, the more experience I get and the better I get.

'When I am down in a match I've got the confidence to shoot strongly and come back.

'I definitely want to do some more able-bodied and stick to the para side as well.'

Like Brown, Clarke now intends to go on to Rio.

'I've got a bronze, I've got a silver, the only one left is a gold,' said Clarke, who had 50 to 60 supporters in the crowd.

Artakhinova claimed bronze with a 7-3 defeat of her team-mate Lyzhnikova.

Iran's Zahra Nemati won the women's individual recurve - W1/W2 gold medal with a 7-3 win over Elisabetta Mijno of Italy.

Grimace: Clarke reacts during the final

Grimace: Clarke reacts during the final

China's Li Jinzhi won bronze with a 6-4 defeat of Veronica Floreno of Italy.

In the women's individual recurve - standing final, China's Yan Huilian claimed a 6-4 win over South Korea's Lee Hwa-sook.

Bronze was won by Milena Olszewska of Poland, who beat Mongolia's Javzmaa Byambasuren 6-2.


Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Ebola could hit 15 countries across Africa: Study of how disease has spread in past finds 70million people may be at risk of infection

The Ebola outbreak could hit 15 countries across Africa - putting the lives of 70 million people at risk, a groundbreaking study has found. In a ...

economic ties with China as two countries announce £2.4bn in new commercial deals

Britain is to forge closer economic ties with China after Chancellor George Osborne announced £2.4billion in new commercial deals with the People’s Republic. As the annual ...

Manchester Dogs Home: Public raise over £200,000 in hours after dogs home fire

Donations have poured in for Manchester Dogs’ Home after a fire ripped through the premises, killing more than 53 dogs last night. A JustGiving page set ...

Manchester Dogs' Home: 15-year-old questioned on suspicion of arson attack after blaze kills 40 dogs

A 15-year-old boy is being questioned on suspicion of arson after a blaze at Manchester Dogs' Home which killed more than 40 dogs. Firefighters were called ...

Oscar Pistorius braced for verdict in Reeva Steenkamp murder trial

The judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has started delivering her long-awaited verdict in a case that has gripped the world - a decision ...

Airline passenger was accidentally given suitcase full of plastic EXPLOSIVES left at Sydney airport by the AFP a month ago... then took them home 

A woman got more than what she bargained for when she was given a replacement suitcase at Sydney airport after her luggage was damaged on ...

I'm convinced Oscar Pistorius is innocent, says journalist to have spent time with the time athlete during his murder trial

Mark Williams-Thomas believes athlete shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake Reporter says he has spoken to Paralympian and his family in 'real detail' He says double-amputee is a ...

Royal baby hoax hospital staff wanted to discipline nurse Jacintha Saldanha

An Australian DJ has made a face-to-face apology to the family of a nurse who killed herself after she put her through to the Duchess of ... Full story

Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without

A trainee teacher hanged himself on New Year’s Eve after a split from his girlfriend, an inquest heard today. Keiran Walsh, 22, split from his partner ... Full story

White Dee, Benefits Street's most infamous and shameless resident

Late on a dark and rainy night, it is all go-go-go down at White Dee’s house in Birmingham. There is a pan of fish stew ... Full story

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand CAR DEALER to save £1 million in celebrity tax avoidance scheme

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand car dealer while presenting Radio 1’s Breakfast Show in a bid to save up to £1million in ... Full story

Comment on: London 2012 Paralympics: Danielle Brown beats Mel Clarke in archery final

Rate this article

0

Featured author

julian nwogu

Breaking News

Devastated mother tells of anguish at watching teenager drown in lake tragedy not realising it was her own son 

A devastated mother has spoken of her anguish at witnessing a teenager drown in a reservoir tragedy, not realising it was her own son. Melanie Goodship, ...

I've had no complaints about my kissing, says Miliband as he admits he FORGOT to mention the deficit in his conference speech

Ed Miliband today insisted said his wife has 'never complained' about his kissing technique after an awkward moment during his party conference speech. The Labour leader ...

'We're getting warm': Foreign Secretary says hunt for Jihadi John is closing in

Philip Hammond was speaking to CNN at United Nations summit in New York He said the hunt for ISIS executioner with a London accent was moving ...

The hilarious moment a car rolls through a security gate ... as driver tries to chase it

Man pulled four-door sedan up to security gate without putting it into 'park' Rolled right through gate while man scrambled to catch up with his vehicle Onlookers ...

This wouldn't happen in CSI! Hilarious moment road sweeper ducks underneath police cordon and starts cleaning up a crime scene closed off for forensic investigators 

Amused passerby photographs eager road sweeper cleaning crime scene The woman went under a police 'do not cross' cordon to collect the litter But watching police officers ...

This nurse and single mum could be deported to the Philippines because her 9 year old son has AUTISM and will 'be a burden on the health system' 

Nurse and son set to be deported from Australia due to the child's autism Maria Sevilla and son Tyrone have lived in Australian since 2007 Their family ...

Rob Greenfield spends MONTH eating from bins to raise awareness of food waste

Rob Greenfield, 28, saw huge amounts of food thrown away on cycling tripDecided to survive by eating only from dumpsters for a monthIs touring the ...

Karen Williams murder mystery search resumes 24 years after she disappeared

Karen Michelle Williams was last seen in August 1990 Friends last saw her leaving a party in the remote opal mining town of Cooper Pedy in ...

I want some! Sneaky pet pooch watches owner eating watermelon... but looks away each time he's caught staring

Man pretends to eat his food while dog tries to grab a sneaky peek Just before man eats he glances at dog and dog hurriedly turns away Pomeranian ...

Abu Qatada cleared of plotting terror attacks in Jordan and will walk free 

Jordanian court ruled there was insufficient evidence against Abu Qatada He was linked with plans to target Israeli and U.S tourists, and diplomats Earlier David Cameron insisted ...