Phoebe Paterson Pine came through an emotional quarter-final against her ParalympicsGB teammate and close friend Jess Stretton in the women’s individual compound competition before going on to win archery gold in Tokyo.
Paterson Pine was victorious by one point against Stretton, who won Paralympic gold in Rio in 2016, and went on to win the gold medal match by the same slender margin against Chile’s Mariana Zuniga Varela.
“I couldn’t in my wildest dreams have ever thought that this was going to happen,” Paterson Pine said. “I’ve worked incredibly hard for it and there was always a chance just because of the amount of hard work that I have put in. But as an athlete, you’re always not too sure and so I have a lot more confidence in myself now.”
Victory in the all-GB quarter-final brought a mixture of emotions. “I am struggling between feeling elated, myself, but she’s my teammate and a very close friend of mine. That’s very hard to balance,” said Paterson Pine after the match.
“We finished the match, I got off the line and immediately turned around to her and just said ‘I’m sorry’, that that’s the very first thing I said to her: ‘I’m so sorry’.”
Louise Sugden claimed a powerlifting bronze in the women’s -86kg category, lifting 131kg in the final round to reach the podium. “I still think I’m going to wake up at some point,” said Sugden. “But I think I’ve got a great coaching team. I’ve worked really hard and I’m just proud that it’s paid off.”