London 2012 Archery: What to Watch24.05.2012
With seven days of Archery events at the London 2012 competition, here's a quick guide for what spectators should look out for each day.
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"Keep your eyes on Great Britain's Danielle Brown, the defending Paralympic gold medallist in the women's individual compound open and the favourite to win the event at London 2012."
Ranking rounds will take place in all of the events on the opening day of Archery at the Royal Artillery Barracks, with 140 athletes competing in three different classifications.
The first of the elimination rounds begin this day, weeding out the good from the great. Keep your eyes on Great Britain's Danielle Brown, the defending Paralympic gold medallist in the women's individual compound open and the favourite to win the event at London 2012. The 24-year-old from Yorkshire was even part of her country's able-bodied team that won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, so she is definitely one to watch.
The men's and women's individual recurve W1/W2 events, as well as the men's individual compound W1, make their way into the quarter-finals, as the competition heats up. Switzerland's Phillipe Horner should still be around by this time, as he is favoured to top the podium in the men's individual compound. Although he took third at Beijing 2008, he won gold at last year's World Championships and is now ranked No. 1 in the world in his event.
With quarter-final action taking place in most of the events, head to the Royal Artillery Barracks to educate yourself on Archery and pick out your favourite athletes to watch before the medal rounds begin the next day.
This will be the first day medals will be handed out in Archery at London 2012, with the finals taking place in four events: men's individual recurve W1/W2, men's individual recurve standing, men's individual compound W1 and men's individual compound open. It will be interesting to see if USA's Matt Stutzman who was born with no arms and shoots with his feet makes it to the finals in the men's individual recurve W1/W2.
Finals will take place on this day in three events: women's individual recurve W1/W2, women's individual recurve standing and women's individual compound open.
It will be time to see which nations are supreme when the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals all take place in the same day in the men's and women's recurve team open competitions. China, Great Britain and Sweden all shined in the team events at Beijing 2008. Also, as the last day of Archery at the Royal Artillery Barracks, there are bound to be some surprises, laughs, tears and cheers.