Invictus Games: Archer celebrates ‘emotional’ day with double medal success

Great Britain's Michael Hall celebrates victory during the Men's Archery Individual bronze medal mat

Great Britain's Michael Hall celebrates victory during the Men's Archery Individual bronze medal match. (Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Archer Michael Hall celebrated a day to remember at the Invictus Games after picking up gold and bronze medals this afternoon in Stratford’s Here East arena.

The former lance corporal capped off a successful day with the bow for Great Britain, helping team mates Carl Harding and Andrew Phillips to victory in the compound team competition, after claiming an individual third spot for himself.

“I just want to cry, it’s been such an emotional day,” he told the Recorder. “To get two medals is just fantastic.

“The crowd’s awesome and just like competing at the Olympics, I would imagine.

“They really get behind you and you don’t want to disappoint them.”

The Shropshire man served tours of Bosnia, Kosovo and Northern Ireland with the Queen’s Dragoon Guards but broke his neck on an assault course, confining him to a wheelchair.

Michael only took up his sport after a chance request from a fellow former squaddie.

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He added: “My mate phoned me up and asked if I wanted to try an archery course, so that was that – I certainly never expected to be in a position like this, it’s amazing.”

For more on the Invictus Games and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park see our Parklife section.

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