Godfrey eases into last 16
July 30, 2012 18:09 pm
Great Britain's Larry Godfrey will line-up in the last 16 of the men's archery after two dominant wins at Lord's.
The Bristolian bowman, who placed fourth in the individual ranking round, swept aside Bangladeshi Emdadul Haque Milon 6-0 in front of a raucous crowd in the round of 64.
He then upped his game again to claim a 7-1 victory over Juan Rene Serrano.
Milon was a modest opponent in the first match, shooting a three and two fives in his nine arrows, but Godfrey kept his focus high and shot 84 from a possible 90 to take all three sets by handsome margins.
Godfrey would have been expecting to faced Italy's Marco Galiazzo next but the man who edged him in the semi-final of the Athens Games eight years ago struggled to read conditions and was beaten 6-2 by Serrano.
By the time Godfrey arrived back on the range for his second match he was well at ease, waving enthusiastically to all four corners. But his first arrow went wide left for a disappointing seven, with Serrano firing eight in response.
Godfrey hit back with a centre gold and a nine and Serrano could not match him, falling 2-0 behind.
The second set was tense, both men shooting 29 from a possible 30. Each man started with 10 and nine and when the Mexican hit a second maximum Godfrey needed to match him to halve the set. He nervelessly picked out the boss with his last shot to take a 3-1 lead.
Spurred on by the crowd, Godfrey sent his next two shots sailing into the inner ring, allowing him to claim another set despite ending with a wide seven. At 5-1 in front he needed only to tie the next three arrows to progress but he went one better.
He again shot 29, finishing up with a pair of 10s to edge Serrano by one. That took his tally for the match to seven 10s in 12 attempts. This time he celebrated victory with a couple of mock cricket shots, a dyed yellow streak of hair calling to mind Kevin Pietersen.
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