Medals out of sight in Delhi now
HERVEY Bay archer Rebecca Darby said she would give winning a Commonwealth Games medal her best shot – and she did.
Unfortunately it wasn’t good enough for the 29-year-old to feature amongst the medal-winners.
A member of the Hervey Bay Archers, Darby bowed out of the Games after losing in both the individual and the team events in the compound discipline.
Canadian Doris Jones ended Darby’s hopes in the individual event after winning the best of three set 1/8 elimination showdown 2-0 at the Yamuna Sports Complex.
Jones shot a 58 out of a possible 60 in the first set while Darby scored 57, the best of the three Aussies in action on the day.
The Canadian sealed victory by scoring 57 compared to Darby’s 55 in the second set.
Darby’s hopes of helping Australia win a medal in the team event ended after hosts India won the quarter-final clash.
Darby and her two team-mates scored 220 out of a possible 240 while India scored 227.
Despite missing out on winning a medal, Hervey Bay Archers president and Queensland coach, Keith Manssen, said Darby, who was ranked 53rd in the world heading to Delhi, could hold her head up high.
“Rebecca shot really well in both events,” Manssen, who has coached Darby for eight years, said.
“It was just unfortunate that she was on the toughest side of the draw – that happens.
“Saying that, Rebecca can be so proud of how she performed and so should the Fraser Coast.
“She may not have won gold, but she’s a true champion as far as I’m concerned.”
Manssen said Darby, who took up the sport when she was 6, had worked really hard for her chance to go to Delhi.
“Four years ago, she said she wanted to be there,” Manssen said.
“Rebecca was determined to do it and she never let up.
“She trained four nights a week and all weekend – you had to work hard to persuade her to have a day off.
“It has been a truly amazing journey for Rebecca to get where she has today and she deserves to enjoy it.”