Alec hits the target for gold

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Archer Alec James, of Weybread, near Diss, has returned from Argentina with a gold medal from the World Field Archery Championships.

The event took place in Miramar, Argentina, during November where, over five days of shooting, he took first place in the Senior Bare Bow division.

More than 200 archers from 18 countries shot at the championships.

The courses were set in the forest near to the sea with several targets having views of the beach, temperatures reached 28-30 degrees Celsius, so the breeze off the sea was welcome.

This is the first time James has won gold at the world championships, but has taken silver and bronze in the competition before and has also won gold in the European Championships.

He started 2012 with gold in the European Indoor Championships in Estonia, also winning the United Kingdom and the National Championships through the summer.

James is a member of Kings Forest Bowmen in Bury St Edmunds and practices at Osiers Golf Driving range near Diss, where he also gives beginners’ lessons and runs archery courses.