Nicky’s double Gold joy
SUFFOLK archer Nicky Hunt is celebrating a second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
An astonishing performance earned her the gold medal in the women’s individual compound in Delhi today.
Hunt hit an incredible 12 perfect 10s from 15 arrows to take gold in the final against Canada’s Doris Jones, falling only four points short of a maximum total.
But Hunt had to be at her very best, for Jones was also bang on target, loosing her arrows into the centre no fewer than 10 times herself in a final of the very highest quality.
Hunt won by six sets to four, scoring just one point more than her opponent in a dramatic contest that came down to a single arrow.
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Needing to score 10 with her last attempt to secure victory, and avoid a single-arrow tie-break, Hunt held her nerve, and her aim, for the 39th time in the morning.
The arrow arched to its target and the 25-year-old Ipswich physiotherapist held her bow aloft, a huge grin on her face, before breaking down in tears unable to believe her achievement.
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“I hope I’m not dreaming,” she said, after recovering her poise. “This field’s amazing and it was a phenomenal final. Doris shot unbelievable arrows.
“I can’t put into words how much this means. I fear I’m going to wake up and find it was all a dream.”
It comes after Hunt won the gold in the team compound event two days ago.