The ladies' gold medal match was amazing to see and what a way to win a gold medal with a single arrow closest to the centre shoot-out.
I had been to what I though was going to be my last session at the archery the men's final 16 round. It was great to see Larry Godfrey shoot and he was so unlucky to lose out in the shoot out to the Malaysian archer.
After my last session I was desperate to try and get a ticket for the final. I had tried online the night before until 1am to get a ticket and also pleaded to Archery GB Chairman Dave Harrison who I bumped into earlier in the day, but no joy. Plan B was to find a nice big TV to watch the final on in a pub. On my way out of Lord's I passed the hotel some of the archery teams were using just as the Korean ladies appeared. Luckily I managed to get my picture taken with them they were really happy to have their picture taken with all the archery fans there.
I asked the people around the hotel but no joy for a men's finals ticket. Then I bumped into an Aussie who turned out to be the Chief Exec of Hockey Australia Mark Anderson. "I don't suppose you have a spare ticket to the archery final?" I asked. "As a matter of fact I do," said Mark. To my utter amazement he just handed me a ticket to the final! I was over the moon. The slight downside was I had to promise to support the Aussie hockey team for the games. A small price to pay. So I got to see OH Jin Hyek win his gold medal.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who put on a great event at Lord's including the Games Makers who made it such a pleasurable experience. And a special thanks to Mark Anderson of Hockey Australia for giving me his spare ticket. He really made my Games.
Richard Marsden, Killingworth Archers, Durham and Northumberland Longbow Team
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