John smashes it to win W1 gold for GB!


It was amazingly close… but Great Britain’s John Walker took W1 gold in Rio tonight!


And he did it in style. He beat David Drahoninsky, who took Paralympic gold in Beijing and silver in London, 141-139, finishing his campaign with a perfect 30.

Great Britain’s new Paralympic champion and the Czech archer have history. Drahoninksy beat John into second place at the World Championships in Donaueschingen last year. But John, who only started shooting in 2012, loves a challenge.

He started as he meant to go on, taking the first end 28-27. Drahoninsky pulled back to win the second and go a point ahead but John squared it in the third. Tensions rose as they tied the fourth. It was all down to the last three arrows. Drahoninsky shot 9-10-9 – but John shot X-10-10 to clinch the title for Great Britain.

John’s teammate John Cavanagh did not fare so well. He went head-to-head with Germany’s Uwe Herter in the first round. They tied the first two ends, then the German pulled ahead. John won the fifth end 28-27 but the damage was done. Herter progressed through to the bronze medal match but lost it to Slovakia’s Peter Kinik.

The W1 men’s competition was the second of the day. The first was the women’s compound finals and Great Britain’s Jodie Grinham put on a terrific performance, coming within a point of reaching the semis.

The 23-year-old mixed team silver medallist beat Eleonora Sarti of Italy 133-132 to land a quarter final match against second seed, Somayeh Abbaspour. The Iranian took first blood to secure a 27-25 lead but Jodie fought back, tying the second 29-all and winning the third and fourth ends.

She went into the fifth one point ahead but her final arrow was a seven, giving Abbaspour a chance – which she took, hitting the X.

Abbaspour did not fare as well in the semi, beaten by Lin Yueshan and lost the bronze to Korea’s Kim Mi Soon.

The gold medal match was an all China affair as top seed Zhou Jiamin went head to head with Lin Yueshan, who was ranked second.

And the final could not have been closer. The first end was drawn, then Zhiou started to pull ahead until another tie in the fourth and Lin took the fifth. That left them level on 138 and needing a shoot-off. Lin scored seven but Zhiou took the Paralympic title with a nine.

And the final could not have been closer. The first end was drawn, then Zhiou started to pull ahead until another tie in the fourth and Lin took the fifth. That left them level on 138 and needing a shoot-off. Lin scored seven but Zhiou took the Paralympic title with a nine.

Tomorrow is the final day of archery action and will see Britain’s W1 women take to the shooting line. Vicky Jenkins is up first on Saturday, facing China’s Lu Liang at in the first quarter final at 1.16pm. Next up is top seed Jess Stretton who will face either Elisabeth Barleon of France or Czech Sarka Musilova at 1.32pm while second seed Jo Frith takes on American Lisa Coryell at 2.04pm.

The W1 finals will round off the Paralympic archery action from 7pm.

You can follow the results and live updates here and on the official Paralympics site.

Channel 4 is screening Paralympic action and highlights. You can find out more here. And the International Paralympics Committee will also feature archery in its highlights programmes at 4pm and 11pm each day, as well as two news shows, shown at 3am and 10am.

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