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SHE MIGHT not have been among the tussles for a London 2012 medal, but Leamington archer Naomi Folkard insists she still left the capital with her head held high.
The 28-year-old got things going in the ranking round on day one, giving herself an uphill battle from the beginning as she qualified in 42nd, with the Great Britain team in 11th.
And the team event, where Folkard was in action with Alison Williamson and Amy Oliver, got her London 2012 adventure off to a stuttering start as the side suffered a 215-208 defeat to Russia.
But 48 hours later Royal Leamington Spa Archery Club ace Folkard was back in action at Lord’s Cricket Ground, seeing off the challenge of Russia Kristina Timofeeva only to lose to tenth-ranked Mexican Mariana Avitia in her final-16 match.
And although Folkard admits she could have done with more help from Lady Luck in the capital, she is adamant London 2012 will live long in her memory for all the right reasons.
Folkard said:“I shot really strong shots and I wouldn’t have wanted to shoot anything different so I am pleased with how I performed.
“I had quite a few arrows that were just outside the ten against Mariana and with luck on my side they would have been tens and it could have been a different story.
“The Mexican girl shot really well though and deserves credit, she is a strong archer and I put myself in that position with not the best performance in the ranking round on the first day.
“I suppose my qualification position didn’t help me as I was ranked quite low which meant I had to go up against really good archers so I should have qualified a bit better.
“The crowd was amazing though and I can take memories of shooting great shots away from them.”
Despite London 2012 having been the main competition on Folkard’s calendar this year, the events keep coming with the World Archery Field Championships taking place later this month in France.
And although she does not have much time to soak up her London 2012 adventure, Folkard insists she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I am going to the World Field Championships in two weeks so that is something for me to look forward to and get some new goals so I don’t get stale after the Olympics,” she added.
“I don’t mind that it comes so quickly after because the Olympics has given me such a buzz and I can’t wait to get going again.
“I am going to leave on Monday after seeing some other sports at the Games and I will head there on a real high after this incredible experience.”
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