European silver for Folkard
Leamington recurve archer Naomi Folkard stepped up her Olympic preparations with the ladies’ individual silver medal at the European Outdoor target Championships in Amsterdam.
The event was attended by some of the world’s top lady recurves and Folkard, for whom London will be her third Games, shot well all week.
A score of 640 for the FITA 70 qualification round of six dozen arrows saw her qualify for the knockout stage in eighth place and Folkard easily won her first head to head match against Leila Fazilova (Azerbaijan) 7-1 before edging past Poland’s Anna Szukalska 6-4.
The 28-year-old’s quarter-final opponent was Natalia Lesniak (Poland), who had knocked out some big names en route to the last eight, including number one qualifier Inna Stepanova (Russia).
However, Folkard ended Lesniak’s run with a comprehensive 6-2 win before disposing of Denmark’s Carina Christiansen 7-3 in the semi-final.
Russian second qualifier Ksenia Perova was Folkard’s final opponent for a match played in tricky wind conditions.
And, having knocked out Alison Williamson in the quarter-final, Perova heaped further misery on the Great Britain team with a 6-0 success.
Despite Folkard falling short in the final, Archery GB performance director Sara Symington said she could take plenty of positives from the week.
“It’s been a great week for Naomi,” said Symington.
“She had a fantastic run to the final and winning a silver medal at the European Championships is a great confidence boost for her.”
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