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Beard through by a single point

Mick Beard
Beard came from two points down in the final end to win

Mick Beard is through to the last 16 of the men's archery at the Paralympics after beating Slovakia's Vladimir Majercak 88-87 in a bizarre match.

After missing the target with his first shot of the third end Beard, from Redruth, hit two bullseye 10s.

Majercek then shot a fourth arrow in the final end forcing his best shot to be discounted giving the win to Beard, who is originally from Gloucester.

"I've never heard of that happening, even in a local competition, he said.

"You definitely don't imagine anything like that happening at the Paralympics"

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Majercak missed the target with his very first arrow of the match, a mistake which ultimately cost him a place in the next round.

"I hate the term emotional rollercoaster, but that's exactly what it has been today," Beard said.

Beard will now face sixth seed Baatarjav Dambadondag from Mongolia in the last 16 on Thursday.

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