Friday, August 3, 2012
Olympic Update : Men's Archery - Individual Elimination
The arena is silent. There is tension in the air, followed by the sound of an arrow whizzing towards the target...THUD! The arrow hits the bullseye gaining the archer the maximum ten points. The crowd goes wild, applauding in appreciation of the great skill on display. This is Men's Archery. These are the individual elimination rounds, the knock out phase. It's great for spectators to watch, but can you imagine the pressure on the archers? The fate of their country's hope in their hands. Well the bow in this case. I've just witnessed 2 matches, both of them SO SO close. The smallest movement while aiming, could cost you a medal. The concentration in this sport is sooooo important. The emotions on the face of the archer, you can almost see how much they want to win. Right now I'm watching a match between Ukraine's Ruban and France's Prevost. The score is 26 - 25 to Ukraine. We're now on to a different match between China's Dai X and Australia's Taylor Worth. At the moment Taylor Worth is leading at a score of 19 to 18.