October 08, 2017

Update: Meet all our world youth champions!

Britain has another world champion! Compound cadet Lucy Mason romped to victory in the individual title decider at the World Archery Youth Championships in Rosario, Argentina, beating Canada's Alexandra Paquette.

The gloves were off as the fifth and sixth seeds went head to head but Lucy led from the start. The Canadian edged the third end but it was not enough as the 17-year-old, who had earlier seen off Australia's Niamh Jones, Buse Basak Haney of Turkey India's Sanchita Tiwari and Mexican top seed Andrea M Becerra Arizaga secured the title with a clear 142-138 win.

She is not the only world-beater to emerge from these championships. Yesterday, Sarah Moon and James Howse turned in a stunning performance to claim the compound junior mixed team title after beating the USA 147-138.

James later told World Archery: "Coming here, Sarah and I we were feeling really confident, all throughout the eliminations we shot really good, shot well together and it was exactly the same on the finals field. We just had a good time and enjoyed it.

Sarah will be going home with three medals: one gold and two silvers. She won compound junior team silver with Isabelle Carpenter and Phoebe Pine and individual silver today after a tense showdown with Alexis Ruiz. They tied the first end but then the American slowly edged ahead to take the title 144-139.

And don't forget our first medal, recurve cadet team bronze earned by Louisa Piper, Thea Rogers and Alyssia Tromans-Ansell in a spectacular showdown with the Philippines. Add to that well-earned fourth places for our compound junior men's and cadet women's teams and fifth places for recurvers Bryony Pitman and Alyssia, it demonstrates Britain's strength in depth.

Rosario also played host to another vital event: the first 2018 Youth Olympic Games quota tournament. Each country could claim two spots - one boy and one girl - by getting athletes through to the last 16.

Alyssia Tromans-Ansell not only secured us a quota place at Buenos Aires - she went on to win the tournament, beating China's Zhang Mengyao 7-1.

She said: "I'm over the moon I got this place for Great Britain. We've got a selection shoot to choose who'll shoot at the Youth Olympic Games next year and I'm hoping I'll get it.”

You can find all the results here  or on the World Archery website.

Above: World champions Sarah Moon, James Howse and Lucy Mason. Pictures: World Archery and the Olympic Channel.

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