England’s archers have been in golden form at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, with the 2012 Olympic event at Lord’s now less than two years away.
Both the men's and women’s team compound trios walked away with Gold medals while the women recurve team were narrowly beaten to the top prize by the hosts. Compound and recurve are different types of bow used in competitions.
Olympic medal potential
Danielle Brown, Nicky Hunt and Nichola Simpson beat Canada 232-229 to claim a deserved gold medal.
In the men's competition Liam Greenwood, Chris White and Duncan Busby held off a strong late surge from home team India to claim the title 231-229.
Many of the world's leading archery teams are in Delhi for the Commonwealth event and English shooters will make up the majority of the Great Britain squads in London.
Their impressive form will be pleasing for Great Britain supporters after a disappointing performance in Beijing two years ago, which resulted in a significant funding cut.
Olympic archery at Lord’s
Lord’s will host the Olympic archery event in 2012 as part of the London Olympics.
In September this year Westminster City Council granted the Home of Cricket planning permission to stage the 2012 archery at Lord’s. The Olympic Archery event is provisionally scheduled to run from 27 July - 3 August in 2012.
Temporary seating for up to 5,000 spectators will be erected on the outfield to enable to best view possible of events, which involve 128 competitors shooting for four Olympic gold medals.
Great Britain, China and India competed in the MCC cup at Lord’s in 2007, exhibiting the ground as an archery venue for the first time.