Shoreham archer helps GB to success on world stage

Shoreham’s Bryony Pitman helped Great Britain’s female archers to medal success at the Medellin 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage Four.

Pitman, Penny Healey and Jaspreet Sagoo took silver in the Recurve Women’s Team events in the Colombian event, adding to the successful year GB’s archers have had to date.

Having beaten Mexico in the semi-final of the Recurve Women’s Team events, Pitman, Healey and Sagoo went on to compete against the Republic of Korea in the gold medal match, before securing themselves silver.

In April, Pitman, Sagoo and Healey, who at the time were shooting together as a team for the first time, secured gold at the Antalya 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup stage one.

Bryony Pitman and her GB archery Recurve Women’s team-mates, who won silver | Picture: World Archery

Pitman took part in the Olympics last year.

Their silver medal was just part of a very successful event for the GB women.

Ella Gibson won gold in the Compound Women’s Individual matches, adding another medal to her 2022 competition success and making her the first Hyundai Archery World Cup triple-stage winner since 2016.

Gibson, Liz Foster and Isabelle Carpenter won silver in the Compound Women’s Team events.

Having beaten Sara Lopez, then world number one, at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, USA, Gibson took the number one spot in the World Rankings in the Women’s Compound category earlier this month.

Prior to the competition in the USA, Gibson ranked as number two, just 3.5 points behind Columbia’s Lopez.

Competing against each other for the first time since the 2022 World Games, Gibson and Lopez took to the field to shoot against each other in the Semi Final. Following a very close round, Gibson won with 148 to Lopez’s 146, securing herself a place in the gold medal match.

Gibson went on to compete against Mexico’s Dafne Quintero in the final on Saturday, winning with a score of 147 and securing yet another 2022 gold for herself and Great Britain.

Gibson said, “I became world number one at the beginning of last week [and] that puts a lot of expectation on you.”