Archery
Fourth place for Folkard in Berlin

Wednesday 19 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 17:14

LEAMINGTON’S Olympic archer Naomi Folkard produced an excellent performance in the Berlin Open International to separate the Korean Ladies and finish fourth at the weekend.

The indoor event attracted around 500 archers with some of the world’s top competitors, including three top Korean ladies.

It took the form of an 18 metre FITA ranking round of 60 arrows at a small 3 spot face over 18 metres, followed by head-to-head knockout matches which comprised five sets of three arrows, with two points for a win and one point for a draw.

Folkard scored a superb 587 out of 600 in the ranking round which put her third, closely behind Jang (Korea) 588 and Chun (Korea) 587.

The top 32 qualifiers then went into elimination rounds, matches being determined by ranking.

Folkard beat Katharina Freimann (Germany) 6–0 in the first match which brought her into a closer 1/8 round match against fellow Olympian Pia Lionetti (Italy).

Shooting consistently well Folkard won 6–4 to book a quarter final match against German Olympian, Elena Richter, fresh from her victory in the previous round over the great Natalia Valeeva (Italy).

Again this was a close match with Folkard coming out on top 6–4.

Folkard’s semi-final match was against Chun (Korea), but she could only take one set and lost 6–2 which left a bronze medal match against the top qualifying Korean Jang.

Although Folkard shot well with ends of 29, 29, 28, Jang put in a storming finish with three perfect ends of 30.

The third Korean lady was knocked out by team-mate Jang in the quarter final, giving Unruh (Germany) an entry into a semi final match against Jang, which she narrowly won 6-4.

Chun was crowned champion with Unruh the runner-up, followed by Jang and Folkard.

Folkard, who has been training hard in the Autumn with Rio in view, said: “I was really pleased with my performance. I have made significant changes in technique since the Olympics and it is now beginning to come together more consistently.”

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