Archer Amy Oliver says competing in her home Olympics and beating the world number one is the highlight of her career.
The 25-year-old Dearne Valley Archery Club member caused a sensational upset on Wednesday when she knocked out Indian favourite Deepika Kumari in the first round in front of around 6,500 fans at cricket ground Lord’s.
Oliver was then beaten 7-1 in the next round by Yuliana Rochmawati of Indonesia but says the day was the best she has experienced in archery.
“It was definitely the highlight of my career to beat the world number one at my home Olympics,” Oliver told the Chronicle.
“I had goosebumps walking out in front of all those people and hearing them cheer for me. Everytime I shot a ten they roared and it was a great feeling. I have never experienced anything like that before. After my first win I was over the moon but I kept my feet on the ground. “I just came up against a girl who shot really well in the second round.
“I can take so much out of this competition and the experience of the Olympics. The opening ceremony was one of the most amazing nights of my life.We watched the start on TV then it took all the athletes about an hour to walk from the village to the stadium. We were near the front so we were right next to people like Sir Chris Hoy and Tom Daley. There was amazing support all around us and people shouting ‘team GB, team GB!’”
Oliver id determined to reach the next Olympics and win a medal.