MacQueen, Stubbs and Walker all progress at World Archery Para Championships
Great Britain's Nathan MacQueen, John Stubbs and John Walker are keeping the nation's flag flying high after a solid first day of shooting at the World Archery Para Championships in Beijing.
MacQueen, Stubbs and Walker qualified 10th, 11th and 12th respectively in the individual compound men’s competition, all on a score of 685, as they sealed their places in the 1/16 round.
MacQueen, who finished ninth in the individual compound at Rio 2016, impressed in his 1/24 clash with Thailand’s Akarachai Phimthong, defeating his opposite number 142-129.
Stubbs, meanwhile, held his nerve in dramatic circumstances, after he tied at 138 points apiece with Japan’s Rion Miyamoto.
But 52-year-old Stubbs, a three-time World champion, showed his experience and kept his aim true as he secured a 9-7 victory in the shootout to keep his medal chances alive.
Walker’s path to the 1/16 was less tense, as he overcame Kyle Tremblay 147-136, after the Canadian had beaten compatriot Alec Denys in the opening round to set up a tie with Walker – who claimed gold in the W1 individual team events at Rio 2016, and has gold and silver World medals to his name.
The trio will return on Friday for the individual 1/16 finals, when MacQueen faces Australian Peter Marchant, who edged past Russian shooter Badma Khamindaev 138-137 in the 1/24, while Stubbs will take on Adam Dudka of Poland and Walker faces Japan’s Ajima Yutaka.
The Brits’ performances in the individual qualifying phase also meant they made the men's compound team 1/8 finals in third place.
That competition resumes on Thursday, where they face-off against the Thai trio of Phimthong, Methasin Chailinfa and Anon Aungaphinan.