Fabry and Bennett Clinch Berths to Semifinals and Quarterfinals
London, England – Thanks to a key quarterfinals victory today
by Jeff Fabry (Tulare, Calif.) in the compound men's W1 category, Team USA is guaranteed to be shooting in a
medal match in the Paralympic Games archery event.
In addition to Fabry’s success, Eric Bennett (Surprise,
Ariz.) had a strong showing in today’s early rounds at the Royal Artillery
Barracks in London, clinching a quarterfinals berth.
Earlier this week, Team USA’s Jerry Shields (Jacksonville,
Fla.) shot against John Cavanagh (GBR) in the 1/8 round. Cavanagh, a hometown
favorite, won the match, stopping Shields, 7-1. Fabry avenged his teammate’s loss
to Cavanagh today in the quarterfinals, giving up only a single tied set to
guarantee his position in the semifinals, 7-1.
"[John] gave me
a great match as always,” Fabry said in a Facebook post after the match. “This
is the first time I have defeated him in [Paralympic Games] competition. In
Athens and Beijing, he beat me in the semifinals, leaving me chasing the
In the men’s standing recurve group, Bennett made short
work of his 1/16th match, edging out Mario Esposito (ITA), 6-2. In
the 1/8th, Bennett faced Joel Perrot (FRA), and won the first two
sets to take an early 4-0 lead.
The archers tied in the third set and then Perrot won the
final two sets to force a shoot-off. Bennett took the shoot-off, hitting a 9 to
his opponent’s 6. “I guess the shirt is doing its job,” Bennett commented in a
post to fans, referring to the signed “Team Eric” shirt he wore under his team
jersey in competition.
Women’s standing recurve competitor Lee Ford (Perry, Ga.)
got off to a strong start this morning, putting up a 6-5 win in the 1/16th
over Katharina Schett (GER). Ford then faced Huilian Yan (CHI) in the 1/8
After three sets, Ford had a 4-2 lead over Yan; however, in
the final two sets Yan was able to outshoot Ford, who tweeted that a camera
flash went off while she was shooting. Yan won the final two sets to score a 6-4
win. Despite the tough loss, Ford had an excellent showing in her first
“Paralympics 2012 have taught me a lot about myself,” she
tweeted to fans after her match. “Much reflection and work to come.”