A single arrow decided that Julie Chupin would win a space for France at next year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo as action continued today at the World Archery Para Championships in the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
In the final of the compound women’s open secondary tournament, which awards the places left over from the main tournament, she faced Russia’s Anastasia Dzhioeva, who had already won a double shoot-off against Chile’s Mariana Zuñiga Varela in the quarter-finals.
The final went well for Chupin until the last arrow at the fields of rugby club The Dukes.
She had a one-point lead after four ends and shot two Xs in the fifth.
But her last arrow, drawn with just six seconds remaining on the clock, landed in the seven.
Dzhioeva scored 28 and the pair were consequently tied at 137 apiece.
With her tie-break arrow, Chupin found the 10 while Dzhioeva shot a nine.
The result had to be confirmed by a judge before the French archer could celebrate with her team.
"I was just waiting to know where my arrow went, where my opponent's arrow was and to realise it was good enough," Chupin said.
"I was very nervous at first after the last arrow.
"Before the shoot-off, I spoke with my coach about just doing what I know, just to shoot the arrow and I am really happy.
"I tried to breathe a lot."
There was only one space available in the compound women’s open category in the secondary tournament, but more in the other divisions.
There is one more space to decide in the compound men’s open.
If Ben Thompson wins the world title, the United States will receive it.
If he loses the final, it will go to Poland.
Two of the other seven compound men’s open spaces have gone to Thailand with Australia, Finland, France, Italy, Slovakia and Turkey all having secured one each.
The last place in the W1 women’s event will be decided after the W1 mixed team final.
If China wins the gold medal, the country wins an additional spot.
If Russia triumphs, then Italy gets the place.
The four places available in the recurve men’s open have gone to Great Britain, Thailand, Turkey and the US.
The three spots on offer in the recurve women’s open have gone to Britain, Japan and Ukraine.