Jones grabs second silver
Comes tantalizingly close to gold in match vs. world’s No. 1
THE unlikely Commonwealth Games story of Selkirk archer Doris Jones ended with a David and Goliath showdown in New Delhi on Saturday morning.
This time David lost the gold-medal final to the world’s No. 1 ranked competitor — but only by a single point.
“ I would say this is one of my biggest accomplishments,” Jones said, via email from India, after capturing her second silver medal for Canada at the Games in women’s compound archery. “ My goal was to do my best and bring back the gold for Canada. Although I didn’t win the gold I still brought back the silver. Matches can go either way and I did set high expectations for myself and I think I did really well and still completed my goal.”
Here’s the thing, though: While England’s Nicky Hunt entered the final ranked No. 1, the 21-yearold Jones — who had rarely competed the last three years and only entered qualifying for Team Canada this past summer because the competition was held in Winnipeg — isn’t ranked, period. Yet Jones, who earlier won a silver in New Delhi as a member of Canada’s women’s team, advanced to the individual final on Saturday by defeating Janette Hoswell of Wales ( 6-0) and Australia’s Cassie McCall ( 7-3).
Making matters worse, Jones was fighting an inner-ear infection.
“ My ear is doing alright,” she said. “ I will have to go and see a doctor about it when I get back home as it still likes to plug up. My coach says I was weaving a bit so it may have affected my performance a bit but it’s not like anyone would have noticed as I shot really well.”
Unfortunately for Jones, a former world junior champion who has been estranged from competition due to a lack of funding, compound archery is not an Olympic event. ( Unlike the recurve competition that features Winnipeg Olympian Jay Lyon). So even the silver Jones captured in India can’t be melted down to pay for the half-dozen World Cups that England’s Hunt and many other shooters at the Games rely on to establish a world ranking. Said Jones: “ I would like to compete in more competitions but with the cost of travel and no real support it is hard, but I will try my best.”
However, there was no lack of support for Jones back in Selkirk, where the entire Jones family watched the drama unfold in a “ shot-by-shot” account of the event on an archery website in the middle of the night.
“ I would have liked to have seen it in person,” noted father, Tim, who also serves as his daughter’s coach. “ But even seeing the scores as they were posted, you’re wishing, praying she keeps them solid. It was play-by-play, arrow-by-arrow. It was unbelievable.”
Perhaps almost as unbelievable le as Jones’ performance, taking Hunt to the e fifth and final set before succumbing 6-4. .
“ When she won to go to the goldgoldmedal final, she was excited,” added dded Tim, who had contact with his daughter just before the gold-medal match. h. “ I had to tell her to calm down. She knew new it ( the final) was going to be hard.” .”
In the end, it was arrows instead ead of stones. And Goliath won by a hair. air.
randy. turner@ freepress. mb. ca