Olympics Archery: Bolton-upon-Dearne’s Amy Oliver takes positives from team defeat

Great Britain's Amy Oliver shoots during the Women's Team 1/8 Elimanations against Russia at Lord's Cricket Ground. Julien Behal/PA Wire

Great Britain's Amy Oliver shoots during the Women's Team 1/8 Elimanations against Russia at Lord's Cricket Ground. Julien Behal/PA Wire

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BOLTON-UPON-DEARNE’S Amy Oliver and the Great Britain’s women archery team lost a compelling match against Russia this morning at Lords, 208-215.

GBR were ranked 17th going into the Games, 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 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.

Oliver, who now is originally from Swinton, said: “We didn’t have any mishaps or anything. We’re disappointed we lost but we have to take the positives and carry on and con on the individual matches now.”

The 25-year-old didn’t think the pressure got to them once they’d taken the lead: “No, I was aware of it but I wanted to carry on what we were doing. We were confident we were going to shoot well and I wasn’t jumping the gun.

“I just wanted to shoot well. If you think about it too much then that’s what gets you.”

Amy is next in action on Wednesday against India’s Deepika Kumari at 10:57am.

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