Jones grabs sec­ond sil­ver

Comes tan­ta­liz­ingly close to gold in match vs. world’s No. 1

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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

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