Great Britain’s women archers lost a compelling match against Russia, 208-215 earlier today.
GBR were ranked 17th going into the Games, with Russia seventh, but the Brits began well with Naomi Folkard scoring a 10 with her first two efforts. And she scored three maximums in total from her eight arrows.
However, her last effort was a 4. Alison Williamson also scored two 10s amid boisterous crowd support of Team GB GB whenever they stepped up to the line.
Team GB led after the first end (of four) and had a one point lead at the halfway stage but Russia turned it around, finishing with 10,9,9,9,9,10.
It was a tense climax going into the last six arrows, level pegging at 159 each.
Speaking afterwards, Naomi Folkard said: “We had a strong start and they caught us up with one end to go and then I had a dodgy last arrow, which doesn’t help – that’s just the way it goes. I don’t think we’d have won even if it was a ten so I guess that makes me feel slightly better.”
Amy Oliver added: “We’re obviously disappointed that we lost but we’re going to need to take the positives from this and concentrate on the individual competition.”
The women are next in action with Naomi Folkard v Kristina Timofeeva (RUS) on Tuesday at 9:26; Alison Williamson v Bishindee Urantungalag (MGL) on Tuesday at 10:57 and Amy Oliver v Deepika Kumari (IND) on Wednesday at 10:57.
The Women’s Sports Magazine