China's Li fights back to win archery gold
China’s Li Jiaman took the women’s individual gold medal in a one-arrow shoot-out against Melanie Gaubil (FRA) at the Fangshan archery field on 25 August.
The youngster hauled her way back into contention with a maximum 30 in the final set against her French opponent to level the scores at 5-5 and set up the shoot-out .
LI’s sudden-death arrow was true and her 10 beat Gaubil’s nine to clinch the gold.
“I was sweating all over,” confessed Li, who did a great job of disguising her anxiety. “I was really nervous and I knew that my parents and all my family and the whole country were watching.
A proud Li shows off her women's individual archery gold
Bronze medallist Lee Eun Gyeong (KOR) was not nearly so satisfied with her third place despite the fact that this was her first international competition and the first time she had shot at the shorter 60m length.
“I’m disappointed because I wanted to win gold and I had some injury problems in the semi-finals,” confessed the Korean, who was surprisingly beaten by Gaubil in the last four.
Brazil’s Ana Machado, who was ranked 18th of the 32 competitors, missed out on third after losing 6-2 to LI in the semi-finals and 7-1 to Lee in the bronze medal match.