So that's it for Team GB's Olympic archery dream until Rio 2016. Our last hope, Larry Godfrey has just lost his third round match against Khairul Mohamad of Malaysia, in a nail biting one arrow shoot-off, the equivalent of a penalty shoot out in football. We watched with our hearts in our mouths.
Larry was our last person standing and made it to the final 16 of London 2012 in the men's individual round.
We've been glued to the TV and websites with the most interactive Olympics ever. Being able to watch everything and anything live as it happens has been gripping. Our team was strong - but unfortunately other countries were stronger - and luckier on the day.
Archery arguably isn't the most exciting sport to watch on TV because it's an adding up game to see who scores the most points over so many ends. But when you know what it takes to get a '10' in that gold on target, you whoop with joy every time you see it - and our Team GB girls and boys had plenty of 10s.
We couldn't get to the Lord's cricket ground for the events, and watching it on TV gave us mixed feelings. All the other Olympic events have showcased their tourist attraction setting to great effect, and we felt a little short changed with the archery set up. Almost all the coverage featured just close ups of the archer at the moment of shooting, and a close up of the target as the arrow landed. OK yes, we wanted to see the execution and result, but TV viewers couldn't appreciate the distance the archers were shooting or the ambience and splendour of the location.
It was fun to see our friends waving their flags at the venue though, and being able to tweet them instantaneously. We wait to get the full story from our colleagues who were there, either watching or working at the event to hear what it was like for them.
So our men's and women's archery teams both went out in the first team rounds. We took a deep breath and looked onwards to the individual medals. We had Alison Williamson, our local heroine competing in her sixth consecutive Olympic Games, who went out in the first individual women's round, followed by her colleague Naomi Folkard who went out in the second. It didn't bode well for youngster Amy Oliver competing in her first Olympics but what a headlining surprise she gave when she knocked out the world number one, Deepika Kumari from India. It was an astonishing feat she couldn't follow through in the second round though and she was out too.
Then it was up to the men. Sadly, Simon Terry and Alan Wills failed to make it to the last 16, leaving all our hopes with the experienced Larry Godfrey, who won individual silver at the World Cup in the USA earlier this year. Malaysia's Khairul Mohamed took Godfrey to a one arrow shoot-off to decide the winner. Mohamed managed to score a 10 when it mattered, leaving our Larry Godfrey to score an impressive but lesser 9. It wasn't to be.
What it has done is ignite an Olympic flame here in our household with dreams of what could be in the future. Well done to all our team, and now we're already looking at Rio 2016.
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