Bumper breakthrough for Britain's Bryony
Britain's Bryony Pitman has had a breakthrough day in Antalya at the first stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup, winning recurve women's individual gold this afternoon to make it a trio of medals following her recurve women's team gold and mixed team silver won this morning.
Her individual final, against Laura van der Winkel, went down to a tiebreak after Pitman had overcome a 6 and 5 in early sets and a 2-4 set deficit to draw level at 5-5 in the fifth.
And with Pitman shooting second in the shoot-off the opportunity was left for her to claim her ticket to the World Cup Final in Mexico later this year after the Dutch shooter shot an 8, but with nerves racing, Pitman also shot an 8, but was closer and with it, the title was won.
"It's just the perfect way to end today, this week," said an overjoyed Pitman immediately after the match. "I'm shaking so much. It was a tough match but I am really proud of how I shot out there, I let a couple of shots go but I'm so happy."
"I was just trying to shoot a good shot," said the 25-year-old about the final arrow eliminator. "I know after the last set I had been putting in some really good shots and they were going in the middle so it was just a case of knowing that the door was open and knowing that I just needed to shoot a good shot and hope for the best."
The result capped off a successful week for the British squad in Antalya, which has been rejigged for the new season and Pitman was in no doubt that a medal would be taken home to the UK, but not so many for her personally.
"I certainly expected and knew that we (Great Britain) had the potential to be on the podium at least once this weekend," she said. "I knew I had an individual capability of making the top eight, but to be going away with three medals and two of them gold is just insane."
"Hopefully, this is the start of putting Great Britain back on the podium regularly."
In the all-German bronze match Katharina Bauer medalled for the fourth time this month in Antalya, defeating teammate Charline Schwarz 6-2. Bauer had won all three of her events at the Antalya warm-up in early April.