Great Britain end half-century wait for men's European team title
The wait is over for Great Britain, who are celebrating their first European men’s archery team title for half a century.
Adam Ravenscroft, James Mason and Neil Bridgewater held their nerve to see off France in the men’s compound team final at the European Championships in Legnica, Poland, with their victory bringing a 50-year wait for a British men’s team gold to an end.
Ravenscroft, Mason and Bridgewater’s success was also Great Britain’s first-ever European compound bow men's team success.
Having defeated Norway, Denmark and Croatia to reach Saturday morning’s final, the GB trio faced off against France’s Jean Philippe Boulch, Pierre-Julien Deloche and Sebastien Peineau and claimed glory with a 230-229 victory. The French led 59-58 at the end of the first end, while things were level at 117-117 at the halfway stage.
Great Britain remained in touch – but trailed – at 173-172 down at the end of the third but the final leg proved decisive, a 58-56 score ensuring they claimed gold by just a single point.