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Sporting life: Archery

British archery is undergoing a quiet renaissance. Can it hit the spot at the 2012 Olympics?

By David Goldblatt   July 2011

Larry Godfrey practises at Lord’s: when the Olympic archery competition takes place there next year, the sound of leather on willow will be replaced by the swish of arrows in flight

The edgelands of north Bristol, hidden in the anonymous interstices between motorway junctions, seem an appropriate place to look for British archery. Like many Olympic sports, it does not get a lot of coverage. Even at the Games, where the British team has been competitive for the last decade, the sport has struggled to be seen.

It wasn’t always like this. In the era of the longbow, successive…

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