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Commonwealth Games 2010: England win archery silver

India's winning archery recurve team

England women fall short of archery gold

England's women missed out on archery team recurve gold in controversial fashion when they were beaten 207-206 by India at the Commonwealth Games.

England held the lead going into the final set of arrows but a score of six by Amy Oliver meant they missed out.

The vocal home fans seemed to distract Oliver when she set up for the shot.

England shooters James Huckle and Kenny Parr beat Scotland's Neil Stirton and Jonathan Hammond to claim silver in the men's 50m rifle 3-position pairs.

England and Scotland had the same combined score but Huckle and Parr took silver on the x count - an additional target within the maximum 10 target.

Aaron Heading and David Kirk weighed in with a third English shooting medal, claiming bronze in the men's trap pairs.

The England archery team of Alison Williamson, Naomi Folkard and Oliver put a brave face on their loss to India, but acknowledged that competing in front of a vociferous home crowd at the Yamuna Sports Complex was not easy.

"Obviously it was a difficult way to finish," said the 38-year-old Williamson. "But if you'd offered us silver on the plane on the way over here we possibly would have taken it.

"After winning two golds yesterday and silver today, it's still been a strong showing from the England team. We have the men's and individuals to come and I hope we can to add to the tally.

"Obviously, this is not a typical archery crowd but we're not making any excuses because we shoot as a team.

"I liken it to golf, though. You don't get people clapping and shouting when someone is teeing off.

"But, as I say, it's not an excuse. We respect the Indian team and they were worthy winners."

The behaviour of the crowd prompted archery's world governing body (FITA) to release a statement on the incident reminding spectators of how they should behave and urging 'fair play'.

"While we are glad to have an enthusiastic crowd in the archery stands, we need to strongly remind the fans that they must respect all the athletes on the field," said the statement.

"Specifically, we ask the public to be quiet when the archers draw their bow up until the arrow has been shot. If you wish, this is like in tennis, when the umpire asks for silence when a player is about to serve.

"This is a matter of fair play for all the athletes who have worked very hard to come and perform at these Commonwealth Games. All the athletes should be given a fair chance to compete and should not be disturbed at the time that they are shooting.

"There are many other moments, when the crowd can cheer for their favourites. If necessary, FITA will take the appropriate measures to ensure a safe and fair field of play. We ask for fair play."

Oliver added: "I was nervous, the crowd was not good."

"They were pretty loud and it was not good sportsmanship for archery."

Indeed, it was always going to be difficult against the hosts, who scored an impressive 213 in the semi-final against Malaysia, winning by 28 points.

But England more than matched them almost all the way in the final, despite the partisan supporters to finish with a third medal from as many events.

Third seeds England also took the bronze medal in the badminton team event on Friday.

England women's hockey team suffered their first defeat of the Commonwealth Games tournament this morning as they went down 4-1 to a Katie Glynn inspired New Zealand team.

New Zealand players celebrate against England

England lose unbeaten record to New Zealand

Despite taking the lead through Ashleigh Ball's first international goal, England conceded twice before half time and suffered a double blow as they lost Helen Richardson to a yellow card with Glynn scoring her second and third goals from close range while Richardson was off.

The result gives Saturday's final pool against Malaysia added significance with the Malaysians in with a chance of reaching the semis if they can overcome England.

"New Zealand were better than us everywhere and they deserved their win," said head coach Danny Kerry.

"The first two goals were very poor from our perspective; that's not where we're at. When we were short with a player off the pitch they got their goals. We had too many people off their game today."

England's women also missed out on team bronze in the table tennis losing to 3-2 Malaysia. England had been 2-0 down but battled back bravely to level the match before being eventually defeated.

The marathon match lasted three-hours and came down to the final set of a see-saw fifth and final match. But it was Malaysia's players who were celebrating while Kelly Sibley and her team-mates Joanna Parker and Hannah Hicks were left in tears.

"It's a bit emotional; it's really disappointing to miss out on bronze," said Parker. "We were two-nil down and fought back to two-all.

"But in the end the deciding game didn't go our way. Perhaps, we didn't play as well as we can, which is disappointing."

Parker added: "To come so close to a medal shows our potential.

"We're still a very young team and hopefully we'll be together for a number of years."



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