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Archery falls in love with Lord's

Archery has 'fallen in love' with Lord’s following the Olympic test event, according to the Secretary General of International Archery, Tom Dielen.

Dielen was speaking after Brady Ellison of the USA claimed the men’s gold medal in the London Archery Classic, in the recurve event, defeating Korea’s IM Dong-Hyun.

The Classic, part of the London Prepares Series, was held in order to simulate events as they will be during the London Olympics next summer.

And Dielen, who was at Lord’s throughout the ten-day event, was delighted with how things panned out.

He said: “It has been a very good week… it has been brilliant.

"It has gone very well for us logistically. The archers have been very complimentary on things such as the food and the officials have also been very impressed.”


The test event is one of 42 taking place before May next year in order to ensure the Olympic venues are totally prepared.

The event was not ticketed for the public but the more than 100 athletes, local schoolchildren, MCC Members and members of London archery clubs combined to create a superb atmosphere.

Next summer there will be 5,000 worth of seating on either side of the archers, creating an amphitheater style set-up, which Dielen can’t wait to see in place.

He added: “People have been already saying that the atmosphere is fantastic without the stands but they haven’t seen anything yet!”

The Belgian, who has held his current position since 2005, was also confident the event had ironed out any potential stumbling blocks which may emerge in 2012.

“It’s a test event so the critical thing was to get the communication flows together and having everyone work together,” said the 43-year-old.

“But all the building blocks are there and now it’s just about getting them together and next year everything will be ready.”

Lord’s love

Ellison was presented with his gold medal by the 2010/11 MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins.

As with all his fellow medalists, the world number one ranked archer left with a Lord’s mini cricket bat.

Ellison looked a little bemused with his Lord’s memento but appeared more than comfortable dealing with the famous slope at the Home of Cricket.

Dielen confirmed that the athletes had thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of world class competition at Lord’s.

“They like it,” he said. "They might wish for a little less tricky wind but in general they’re very happy.

“They haven’t had too many problems with the slope! I’m pretty sure they will make a mini Lord’s in Korea and the USA to make sure they’re ready for it.

“Archery has fallen in love with Lord’s!”

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