British interest in the archery competition ended on day seven of the 2012 Olympics, as Larry Godfrey, the sole surviving archer with a chance of gaining a medal for the team, lost in a dramatic final arrow shoot out to Malaysia’s Khairul Anuar Mohamad.
Larry Godfrey, the engineer from Bristol had shot well during the competition, well enough to surely suggest that archery needs more funding given to it, if the team and individuals are going to compete against the best in Rio.
However he came up in the last 16 against the right handed Malaysian who has been making waves in the archery world. Mohamad took the first two set points as Godfrey dropped five points in total on the first three arrows. Larry Godfrey was possibly the best bet for a medal out of the men’s contingent and impressed in the ranking round on the first day and that Bristol temperament and love of the sport showed as in the next three sets he took five points from the six available.
It was not to be enough though and bitterly he allowed the young Malaysian to draw level and win on the dreaded one arrow shoot out with a perfect ten compared to the plucky British archer’s nine.
The afternoon’ s final sessions in the archery at Lords will be missing the British factor but there can be no doubt that the Archery has lit up these games and been a big draw for the rapt audiences at the world famous cricket ground.
Larry Godfrey 5-6 Khairul Anuar Mohamad
Ian D. Hall