Michael Peart faces anxious Olympics wait
IPSWICH archer Michael Peart must wait more than two weeks to know whether a sensational weekend’s shooting has been enough to win him a place in the British Olympic team.
The Deben Archers coach went into the final selection shoot at Lilleshall lying fourth in the rankings behind Larry Godfrey, Simon Terry and Alan Wills, knowing just three of the four could make it to the Games.
Over three days of stiff competition in foul and changeable weather he won six of his first seven head-to-head matches, beating Wills in all their three encounters.
Taken on its own, the weekend’s contests would surely have given Peart the verdict. But with scores from the two preceding elimination shoots carried over, he remained behind Wills, leaving performance director Sara Symington and coach Lloyd Brown an unenviable choice.
The qualification rules mean Godfrey and Terry, who finished first and second overall, can now start preparing for the Olympics – while Symington and Brown must pick between Peart and Wills for the third team place.
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Their decision will be announced at Lord’s – the Olympic archery venue – on May 9. “This weekend I’ve done some of the best shooting I’ve ever done,” said Peart. “I couldn’t do any more.
“If this is the end of my Olympics, then that’s it – but after two years when I couldn’t find my form, this year it’s really come into shape.”
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Symington said: “Michael’s worked really hard, and been in great form at this event, but Alan’s responded with some tremendous shooting, and though he only won two matches, his scoring has been consistently high.”
All four contending archers fly out to Antalya in Turkey on Friday to team up for Britain in an Archery World Cup event.
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