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Paralympic Archery-Final Medal Day
On the final day of medal matches in the archery competition on Wednesday, Iran’s women added a bronze to their medal tally as Korea won the recurve team open.
Recurve Women Team Open
Bronze medal final: Iran v Italy
With China benefiting from a bye through the quarterfinals it was Turkey v Italy to start the day. They started on an equal footing, scoring 45 from a possible 60 in the first end. Italy began creeping away from Turkey in the second end, closing it with a six-point lead. Over the course of the third end Italy made the most of a few low-scoring arrows from Turkey and increased the gap by a further 10 points, going into the last end leading 142-126. Turkey tried to come back, scoring eight points more than Italy in the final end, but the deficit was too much and Italy went on to win 183-175 for a semifinal spot.
Great Britain took on Korea for a place in the semifinals. The host NPC never looked as though they had a chance after their disappointing first end, in which they shot two three-point arrows. Korea kept up the pressure, beating Britain’s score on every end, and took the match by 35 points, 188-153.
Riding on the back of Zahra NEMATI’s (IRI) gold medal success in the individual recurve W1/W2 event on Tuesday, Iran’s women’s team went into their quarterfinal against Czech Republic with confidence and skill. Iran led every step of the way to a 190-167 win, putting them through to face Korea in the semifinals.
China’s first match of the day was their semifinal against Italy and they showed why they were champions in Beijing 2008, never looking threatened by the Italian trio as they won 192-187.
Korea faced the team from Iran, which included the previous day’s gold medal winner Zahra NEMATI (IRI). Iran scored three fours in the first half, which left them trailing by 10 points. They made a good comeback on the next end to cut the gap to four going in to the fourth and final end. A four from Korea levelled the match with three arrows left. Iran shot a poor five-point arrow and, with Korea shooting a strong 28 to finish, the issue was decided - a semifinal place for Korea, the bronze medal match for Iran.
In the battle for bronze it was Iran who pulled ahead after Italy opened with a three-point shot. However, on the third end Iran took too long to shoot and they appeared to suffer from the added pressure, scoring a two-pointer and bringing the scores to 138 for Italy and 140 Iran. With only three arrows left, Italy scrambled back to a tie. They scored 10, nine and a devastating one-point arrow on their last shot. Iran faltered in their three-arrow response, with the pressure seeming to affect the archers, but an eight to finish clinched the medal. Final score: 188 to Iran, 184 to Italy, giving Zahra NEMATI a bronze to go with her gold.
Next, China and Korea returned to the field of play for the chance to take home gold. Korea started slowly, using up lots of time on the clock. Despite the tight timings the 53 scored on the first end was enough, as China managed only 44. Korea increased their lead by another point in the second end, to be up 102-92 against the defending champions from Beijing 2008. China fought back but Korea stayed ahead and needed only a four with their final shot to win. Their last arrow landed in the gold, scoring 10 and giving Korea the gold medal and Paralympic title (photo).
Edited by World Archery Communicatioas