Chocolate cake awaits for archer Victoria Rumary after firing her way to bronze on ParalympicsGB debut in Tokyo.
Rumary got the better of United States’ Lia Coryell 131-123 to take the final spot on the Paralympic podium having earlier lost out in the women’s individual W1 semi-finals.
A 127-107 defeat to Sarka Musilova ended the British archer’s shot at gold but she bounced back in style in her fourth and final match of a busy day at Yumenoshima Final Field.
And there was only one way to celebrate the end of an intense Games for the 33-year-old.
“My coach said I can finally have some chocolate cake tonight after the competition. And now I’ve got my medal she said ‘yeah you can finally have your chocolate cake’, so I’m looking forward to that,” she said.
“I just want to say thank you very much, to all my family. My mum and dad, who have driven me all over the country to competitions, so I could actually get here, I want to thank them and tell them ‘I love you all’.
“I also want to thank everyone for all the support from back home, from my club, my personal coach, Tony, couldn’t be here either.
“But I’ve had a great team here in Tokyo, who have all really supported us and I’m really, really pleased.”
Rumary found herself in sixth position following the 72-arrow ranking round, knowing there and then that a Paralympic medal was certainly up for grabs.
Victories over Rejane Candida da Silva and Asia Pellizzari – who had qualified third from the ranking round – helped her dream become closer to reality with a place in the semi-finals.
And while Musilova proved an opponent too strong, fighting back from the setback to win bronze was the ideal reward for a strong day on the range.
“It has been about trying to get that consistency out there every time,” she added.
“It was good actually to be out there again. It feels amazing to be walking away with a medal round my neck.”
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