Karen Van Nest’s Match in the Round of 16
TOKYO, JPN – Karen Van Nest made it to the 1/8 eliminations, but unfortunately lost to Yueshan Lin of China in a very tight match. Going into the match, Van Nest and Lin won their respective 1/16 final matches; in qualification, Van Nest was ranked 11th and Lin was ranked 6th.
The final score was 142-140. The first and second ends were tied at 28 and 56, respectively. End 3 had Lin ahead with a score of 85-84. Van Nest moved ahead in End 4 with a score of 113-112; the final end had Lin win the match.
“Despite the outcome, I was much more in control of my nerves today and I’m pleased with my score,” said Van Nest. “It was the highest scoring match I’ve ever shot at a Paralympics! This was a great event and many new records were set which was amazing to be a part of. I’m very thankful for all the support I received both near and far.”
“I’m very happy for Karen and all that’s she’s accomplished in her Paralympic career,” Duncan Crawford, Head Coach of the Paralympic team, remarked. “Competing at this level, shooting record setting scores, new personal bests and winning matches is simply amazing. I’m particularly grateful that I was able to join Karen on her Paralympic journey. I wish the end result was a little better but with this new experience, we can now start preparing for success in 3 short years at Paris 2024!”
Canada is very proud of our Paralympic performance in Tokyo. Well done Karen!