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Oliver clinches emotional world title

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03/10/2016 at 10:48 | Updated 03/10/2016 at 10:48

Amy Oliver admits emotions were running high after she clinched individual recurve gold at the World Archery Field Championships, in Dublin.

Oliver had already won team gold alongside Tracey Hill and Jessica Nilsson and ensured individual glory by besting Jessica Tomasi in a tense showdown.

The Italian, seeded number two, took the first end 13-12 before the top-seeded Brit won the second end to go two points clear, although Tomasi responded in the third to draw level.

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But Oliver forged clear in the last to claim a 50-45 victory and become the world champion.

"It's really emotional," said Oliver. "I just can't really believe that it has happened. I was just kind of shooting.

"I wasn't really thinking about the end result, I just wanted to shoot nice shots - and that was really all the way through the week."

And the victory was all the sweeter for Oliver following the recent death of her grandmother – also a field archer.

"It's emotional because my grandma passed away recently and she was a field archer," added Oliver. "So it's nice to be able to do it for her.

"She was a field archer, the same with my granddad – pretty much my entire family are field archers.

"They're going to be really happy. We're going to have a gold medal party – they said they'd do that."

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