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
'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
'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
'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
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.
Headlines Newsview all
Amanda Holden at the centre of Twitter backlash as she sends daughter to school dressed as Pretty Woman prostitute for fancy dress day
A parenting group has slammed TV star Amanda Holden for posting a picture of her nine-year-old daughter 'dressed as a prostitute' online.The Britain's Got Talent ... Full story
Grandmother filmed confronting militants and branding them 'devils' before quoting verses in the Koran that forbid slaughter
An incredible video has emerged showing the moment an elderly woman bravely confronted two Islamic State militants, telling them their terror group is cursed and ... Full story
Jobseeker shocked to be sent rudest rejection email ever calling him an 'old, aesthetically challenged professional pr*** with no teeth'
A jobseeker was shocked after he was branded as 'irritating', 'rude' and 'obnoxious' in a cutting email accidentally sent to him by a prospective employer.James ... Full story
Rate this article
MOST POPULAR ON CAPITALBAY
- Royal baby hoax hospital staff wanted to discipline nurse Jacintha Saldanha
- Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without
- Lacey Wildd has had 30 enhancement surgeries and is planning more
Images from inside Vester Flanagan's apartment show he lived sparse lifeHad no decoration on the walls, and no pictures of family or friendsOnly images are ...
General Sir Richard Dannatt called for veterans to help Afghan interpretersUrged them and public to sign a petition so they are given refuge in Britain Explained ...
International tourists still favour NSW but Victoria is catching up fast as sightseers flock to 'hipster' alleys and laneways
New South Wales continues to be the most popular tourist destinationSecond place was taken by Victoria after it scored a 12% increaseAfter 16 years, Queensland ...
Antonio Nieves, 28, and Amy Schafer, 27, charged with child neglect without great bodily harm; Nieves is also facing a domestic battery countPolice in Margate, ...
Kim Jong-Un boasts that the threat of North Korea’s military muscle secured peace along the border with the South…amid fears for the fate of top officials he dismissed for allowing the stand-off to escalate
Rival Koreas threatened strikes against each other earlier this weekIt followed landmine explosions which maimed South Korean soldiersSeoul resumed propaganda broadcasts critical of Kim Jong Un's ...
Author told his friend that his work should be 'put in middle of the road'Gaiman, Good Omens co-author, is 'ridiculously glad' that did not happenSir ...
'I don't hold a grudge... This is just one of those things': Widow reveals how Bake Off contestant Mat Riley caused crash which killed her husband
Mr Riley's car crashed into Michael Turner's motorbike in Uckfield, SussexThe 51-year-old died one week later in hospital from severe head injuriesMr Riley served ...
Savannah State University shooting: Georgia campus gets all-clear after person injured in gun attack
An American university placed its campus on lockdown after a shooting that left one person hospitalised. One man was shot and wounded in the student union ...
GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING First boat with 50 people sank followed by second carrying 400 passengersMany in second boat had been trapped in the boat's hold when ...
Father of four was appalled to witness fast-food ads during BGT recentlyWants prime-time shows to face same regulations as children’s channels Family-oriented shows 'can contain ...