London 2012 Olympics archery: Naomi Folkard eliminated in last 16

Folkard falls at last 16 hurdle after crashing out to Mexican Avitia at Lord's

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Team GB archer Naomi Folkard exited the women's individual competition after losing her round of 32 match to Mariana Avitia.

Kidderminster bowman Folkard had performed well to claim a hard-earned victory in the first elimination phase, taking down Russia's Kristina Timofeeva 6-4, but was out-shot by her Mexican opponent in the next stage.

Avitia, ranked 10th in the competition to Folkard's 42nd, was a 6-2 winner against the home favourite – winning the middle two sets and drawing the first and last.

Crashing out: Naomi Folkard saw her Olympics dream crumble at the last 16 hurdle

Crashing out: Naomi Folkard saw her Olympics dream crumble at the last 16 hurdle

Earlier, a 6-4 victory over Timofeeva
was a measure of revenge for the Folkard, who was part of the GB three
knocked out of the team event by Russia on Sunday.

Folkard
twice came from behind in the match and secured her passage to the next
stage by shooting nine with the final arrow of the contest.

Timofeeva, who ranked 23rd to Folkard's 42nd for the competition, drew first and hit outer gold for a nine.

On target: Mexico's Mariana Avitia eliminated Folkard in the last 16

On target: Mexico's Mariana Avitia eliminated Folkard in the last 16

Folkard responded with a wide seven and when Timofeeva struck centre gold she opened up a big chance to take the set. Folkard struck nine and eight and was 2-0 down after three arrows.

Both archers struck eight with their first shots of the second set but Folkard hit the nine ring twice in a row to draw level at 2-2 when Timofeeva's sixth arrow slid right.

The home favourite was soon behind again at 4-2 though, with Timofeeva shooting a perfect third set of 10, 10, 10.

Stage is set: Fans fill the seats at Lord's to watch the archery on day four

Stage is set: Fans fill the seats at Lord's to watch the archery on day four

Folkard responded well once more, dropping just two points in her next three attempts and taking the fourth set by a comfortable margin of six.

That took the match to a decisive fifth set and Timofeeva blinked first, shooting seven with her opening arrow.

A nine from Folkard gave her the advantage and as she drew for the last shot of the match she needed eight or more to progress.

She promptly found the nine ring to reach the last 32.