Godfrey reveals gold medal vision

24 July 2012 / 14:37

Team GB archer Larry Godfrey plans to give the whole country an Olympic boost before the opening ceremony has even been held.

Danny Boyle's multi-million pound opening extravaganza takes place in the Olympic Stadium on Friday night, with the Games getting under way in earnest the following day.

However, the archery ranking rounds - where the 64 male and 64 female bowmen shoot 72 arrows apiece to seed themselves for the main competition - begin at 9am on Friday morning.

Bristol-born Godfrey, who is confident he can help beat Team GB's target of one archery medal, wants to use that chance to set the tone for host nation.

"Let's hope me or one of the other guys in the team can get a British record first up," he said.

"Let's take our record down just before opening ceremony. People will say 'what's going on here, the British archery team has broken a record. Here we go'."

Godfrey, the world number 10, has high hopes for his third Olympic appearance and believes he is a genuine podium challenger. He spent much of the winter season using visualisation techniques to steel him for competition and insists his training performances are up there with the best in the world.

"If I don't come here for two golds (team and individual) then why am I here?" he said.

"I'm going to do my damnedest to win two. I'm happy that my level is up there with the best in the world and if I shoot my best I should be in the pot as a potential medal winner.

"It's not as if I'm way off the pace: I've shot higher than the world record in practice. That doesn't count of course but I'm a big believer that if you can't do it in practice you haven't got a hope in hell of doing it in competition. I do a lot of mental training and simulation. Even when I'm bashing arrows out against a blank target in my head I'm in an Olympic final."