Danielle Brown made history for England on Monday afternoon when she became the first Paralympic athlete to compete for England in an able-bodied sport at the Commonwealth Games.
The 22-year-old Law graduate, who won Paralympic gold in individual compound archery two years ago, finished 14th in Monday’s individual compound qualification round with a score of 476. Despite qualifying for Tuesday’s elimination round, Brown felt she could have done better.
“I’m pretty disappointed with how I shot,” she said. “I didn’t shoot as well as I could. A lot of arrows were so close but just didn’t go in. I’m ranked 14th today but the team is ranked second and that’s a good place to be.”
Brown’s team-mate Nicky Hunt had reason to be happy with her performance as she qualified second with 697 points, just a point behind Canadian Doris Jones.
Hunt said: “I was happy with how I shot today although it’s a bit gutting to lose by one point. I feel as if I’m in good form and hopefully I can take that through to the elimination round.”
The third of England’s women archers, Nichola Simpson, also qualified for the elimination round, finishing fourth with 689 points.
England’s performance was enough to put them second in the team compound competition and through to Wednesday’s elimination round.
In the men’s individual compound qualification round, Duncan Busby also found himself just one point off the top with a score of 703.
Compatriots Liam Grinwood and Chris White finished fifth and 12th respectively and also qualified for Tuesday’s eliminators. Grinwood’s 700 was just four off table-topper Septimus Cilliers with White scoring 696 in a tight contest.
England’s men are in the team compound elimination round on Wednesday.