Right on target as Yorkshire archer seals another gold

YORKSHIRE archer Danielle Brown added another gold to her international accolades yesterday as she defended her Paralympic title in a tense women’s final.

The 24-year-old, from Steeton, West Yorkshire, a three-time world champion, later admitted she had been shaking with nerves as she claimed victory in an all-British final against team-mate Mel Clarke.

“It was just incredible.” she added.

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Brown’s Paralympic gold will be marked today by Royal Mail who will be painting a Skipton post box in her honour.

Workers for the postal firm have remained busy, yesterday painting a second postbox for swimmer Ellie Simmonds in Swansea, near to where she trains. A postbox had already been painted gold in her native Aldridge, in Walsall.

Last night the 17-year-old claimed her third medal, getting bronze in the 50m freestyle. The delighted teenager said she had only been seeking a personal best in what she regarded as her toughest race.

Meanwhile, Sophie Christiansen became Britain’s first triple gold medallist of the games. The 24-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, also secured a British Paralympic record 11 medals in one Games for the equestrian team.

Prince Harry joined the crowds yesterday to cheer on Britain’s Paralympic stars before hailing the “remarkable achievement” of war hero turned discus star Derek Derenelagi. The prince laughed and joked with the former soldier, who lost both legs in a devastating Afghanistan bomb blast five years ago and who competed in front of a packed-out Olympic Stadium last week to finish in 11th place.