John Walker stays calm to claim archery gold. Walker wins the final by just two points to take gold in the men’s W1 archery.
The 42-year-old, from Newport, was inspired to take up the sport by watching London 2012 and has already broken four world records and won team gold at the World Championships.
But this was his best performance yet as he showed solid form through the knockout rounds before beating David Dramoninsky of the Czech Republic in a closely fought men’s W1 individual final on Friday night – scoring a perfect 30 in the last set to win 141-139.
And Walker paid tribute to inspirational American archer Matt Stutzman, who uses his feet to fire arrows, for getting him hooked on the sport.
Walker is relatively new to archery. At London 2012 Olympics he was a spectator to the sport. He was so impressed with the skill required that he decided to take it up. But he didn’t think he would make gold in Rio and was overwhelmed with the success he had.
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