Williamson picked for sixth Olympics

09 May 2012 / 12:27

Alison Williamson has been selected for her sixth Olympic Games as Team GB's archery team was unveiled at Lord's.

Williamson narrowly missed out on an automatic spot at the final selection shoot at Lilleshall last month but has been handed the final discretionary place, with Alan Wills earning the discretionary place in the men's team.

Williamson's selection, confirmed by performance director Sara Symington and head coach Lloyd Brown, makes her only the third Briton after javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson and fencer Bill Hoskyns to win a place at six Olympics.

The host nation will have the maximum of three archers in both the men's and women's competitions and compete in both team events.

Amy Oliver, making her Olympic debut, and Naomi Folkard, appearing at the Games for a third time, join 40-year-old Williamson in the female team after taking the top two places in the selection process. In the men's event Larry Godfrey will make a third Games appearance and Simon Terry a fourth after they topped the scoring at Lilleshall.

Wills, who joined the pair in Beijing four years ago, was widely tipped to be picked again and all but assured his place at the weekend when he, Godfrey and Terry took team gold in the World Cup event in Turkey.

Speaking after her selection was confirmed at the home of cricket - which will become the home of archery from July 27 to August 3 - Williamson said: "I'm so thrilled and proud to have made it to my sixth Olympics. It makes all the sacrifices, and all the hard work, over many years, worthwhile.

"Now I can start to look forward to the enormous honour of representing my country at a home Olympic Games. It just doesn't get any better."

Godfrey, fresh from the morale-boosting victory in Antalya on Sunday, said: "Winning that gold medal at the weekend proves that we're back in business, and that's given us a real lift.

"But we won't be resting on our laurels, there's still a lot of work to do ahead of the Olympics, and trust me, the standards in Turkey were outstanding, and while we've proved what we're capable of, we all know that we have to be totally focused between now and the start of the Olympic archery tournament."