Women discover archery seedings

27 July 2012 / 16:45

Great Britain's women's archers discovered their seedings for the individual and team events after the ranking round at Lord's.

With 64 female archers shooting 72 arrows apiece, Naomi Folkard was Team GB's highest-ranked participant in 42nd place.

The Kidderminster-based 28-year-old scored 637 from a maximum 720, with six-time Olympian Alison Williamson in 47th place after scoring 629 and Amy Oliver placing 57th with a total of 608. The pacesetters were South Korean duo Bo Bae Ki and Ya-Ting Tan of Chinese Taipei who were tied on 671 points.

With a combined total of 1874 from 216 arrows, Great Britain were seeded 11th out of 12 nations in the team event.

The knockout stages of that event are next for the trio on Sunday, when they face Russia in the round of 16. Should they overcome that their quarter-final opponents would then be third seeds Chinese Taipei, who placed third and received a bye to the last eight.

Rotherham-born Oliver, 25, believes a technical fault with her bow contributed to her lowly position in the standings. With a world ranking of 37 and some impressive results to her name in the past year, she certainly would have expected a higher position than 57th and sensed something was wrong midway through her round.

"I was in between bows all through the week and in the morning I decided to go with my blue bows," she said.

"Then halfway through the round I found out that one of my buttons that the arrow plunges against when it leaves the bow was sticky so I knew that it wasn't working correctly. I had to change bows halfway through and then after that I felt better and they were going where I was aiming them. (After that) I shot really well so at least I know it isn't me.

"It was a little bit distracting because I didn't know why I wasn't shooting as well as I have been all week and I was feeling strong but the arrows weren't going where they were meant to go. I was a bit confused and I just decided to swap bows... after that I shot a lot better."

Oliver now faces world number one Deepika Kumari, of India, in the first knockout phase.