Archers to battle it out for Delhi places
Twenty five archers will battle it out in June for places on the England team at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Competition for places is likely to be intense with all six member of Britain’s Beijing 2008 Olympic team among the athletes to progress from the first qualification competition at Lilleshall.
They will be among the 25 athletes taking part in the second qualification competition at the Meriden Archery Club in the West Midlands on 19 and 20 June.
England will take a team of a dozen archers to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games, which run from 3-14 October – three in each of the men’s recurve, women’s recurve, men’s compound and women’s compound disciplines.
Beijing 2008 Olympians Charlotte Burgess, Naomi Folkard and Alison Williamson will be joined in the women’s recurve qualification competition by Louise Colville and Amy Oliver. Williamson has competed at the last five Olympic Games, winning an individual bronze at Athens in 2004.
The men’s recurve competition will feature Beijing 2008 Olympians Larry Godfrey, Simon Terry and Alan Willis, as well as Tom Barber, Rob Hallworth and Michael Peart. Terry won both individual and team bronzes at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.
The trio that won the women’s team compound gold at last month’s test event in Delhi – Andrea Gales, Nicky Hunt and Nichola Simpson, when Simpson also won the individual bronze – are among six archers battling it out for places on the England Commonwealth Games team. They are joined by Beijing 2008 Paralympics Games gold medallist Dani Brown as well as Rikki Bingham and Lucy Holderness.
Eight archers are contesting places on the men’s compound team – James Bingham, Duncan Busby, James Forbes, Liam Grimwood, Jonathan Mynott, Andy Rikunenko, John Stubbs and Chris White. Bingham and Forbes were members of England’s gold medal winning men’s compound at the Delhi test event. Stubbs was also a gold medallist at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, while Grimwood was a silver medallist at last year's world championships.
Commonwealth Games England will announce the selection of archers for the team for Delhi after the second qualification competition at Meriden.
Archery features on the Commonwealth Games programme for only the second time in Delhi, after making its only other appearance at Brisbane in 1982 and makes only its second Commonwealth appearance in Delhi.
England can justifiably claim to be joint top of the all-time Commonwealth Games medal table for archery, thanks to Mark Blenkarne’s victory in the men’s competition.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games take place in Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010. They will feature 17 sports - archery, aquatics (swimming, synchronised swimming & diving), athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. With the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Commonwealth Games England is entering a breath-taking four years of sport.
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