GB archery trials the 'ultimate test'

Archery GB performance director Sara Symington believes the final Olympic selection shoot was the ultimate test as Larry Godfrey, Simon Terry, Amy Oliver and Naomi Folkard all assured themselves place at London 2012.


Only the top two men and women across three selection shoots would be guaranteed automatic selection with Alan Wills, Michael Peart, Alison Williamson and Charlotte Burgess all also staking their claims at Lilleshall.

As it was, Godfrey and Terry, who won double bronze at the Barcelona 1992 Games, finished as the top two men while Oliver and Folkard were the best two women to leave five-time Olympian Williamson waiting on her place.

Wills fended off Peart to finish third while Williamson was placed above Burgess, who she joined in Beijing in 2008, with a third men’s and women’s selection place coming at the discretion of Symington and head coach Lloyd Brown.

Wills and Williamson will discover their fate on May 9, with the consensus being that they will be awarded a spot, while Symington believes the final selection shoots tested her archers all round ability.

“We had three days of outstanding archery from eight very talented archers, and they can all be very proud of themselves,” said Symington.

“Obviously I’d love them all to be able to compete at the Olympics, but there are only six places, and those who made it have done so under considerable pressure and against superb opposition.

“Not only that, they did it in a multitude of weather conditions over the course of the final selection shoot – driving rain, hail storms, wind, and sunshine too.

“Michael’s worked really hard, and was in great form, but Alan’s responded with some tremendous shooting, and though he only won two matches, his scoring has been consistently high.”

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