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ARCHERY Alan Wills Team GB medal hope for Beijing

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ByEurosport
15/07/2008 at 14:05

As Britain is the nation that produced the most famous archer in history - a certain Mr. Robin Hood - it is no surprise that we are handy with a bow and arrow.

A couple of British archers are in with a chance of sneaking a medal in Beijing, even though Korea has emerged as the real world powerhouse in the sport.

Britain won three medals at last year's World Championships in Leipzig, taking silver in the men's team, bronze in the women's team, while Alan Wills (pictured) just pipped countryman Simon Terry in the men's individual bronze medal match.

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Wills looks like he could be Britain's best hope of an individual medal in Beijing after a highly impressive 2007.

After his success in eastern Germany, he went on to take another bronze at the World Cup Grand Final in Dubai and will be hoping to get himself on the podium again in China.

Terry is also one to watch and has shone on the big stage in the past. At the Barcelona Olympics he won two bronze medals as an 18-year-old before giving up the sport for 11 years.

However, he has been back competing in international competition for the last two years and is improving all the time as he looks to peak for Beijing.

Britain has qualified the maximum quota of six archers (three men, three women) for Beijing and Larry Godfrey completes the men's team.

Alison Williamson, Naomi Folkard and Charlotte Burgess make up the British women's team.

Williamson competes in a remarkable fifth consecutive Olympics. Her finest Olympic moment came at the last Games in Athens when she won the individual bronze medal.

Team GB should be a force to be reckoned with in China, especially in the team events.

BEIJING MEDAL TARGET: 2

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