If the Olympics ended right now for Team GB’s archery contingent… we’ve had missed out on a medal. Only just, though.
Larry Godfrey, Britain’s highest-ranked participant from either sex, finished fourth in the men’s individual ranking round with a 72-arrow total of 680. It was his first half that put him in such a strong position, a round of 343 leaving him finishing only 3 points behind South Korea’s Jin Hyek Oh in third. Unfortunately, he suffered in the second leg, achieving just 337 to place him seventeenth for the second 36. It wasn’t enough to derail his campaign and, if I know my archery, that should see him square up to Bangladesh’s Md Emdadul Haque Milon in the Round of 64. His tally of 36 centres left him in good shape, although only achieving nine “X rings” (the inner centre ring) could leave him in a precarious position should a tie-break be required later on.
Behind closed-doors, the event didn’t go so well for Britain’s other competitors. Sticking with the men, Alan Wills finished 42nd on 660 whilst Simon Terry ended eight back on 654. The women had a worse time; strongest female Naomi Folkard also finished 42nd out of 64 and faces a tough test against Russia’s Kristina Timofeeva. Veteran Alison Williamson carded 629 in 47th and Amy Oliver finished a lowly 57th, hitting the centre ring just 13 times to earn a total of 608.
Team GB had a worse day in the team events; despite having Larry Godfrey to steady the ship, the men’s team finished in eighth with 1994 points, 93 behind South Korea. The women were much worse, limping in at 11th and only gained six more points than rock-bottom Ukraine. Neither group did enough to get a bye to the quarter-finals and must qualify in the Round of 16.