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Cumbrian archer is looking ahead to Rio 2016 after Olympic disappointment

The Olympics ended with a distinct sense of disappointment for Cumbrian archer Alan Wills.

The 31-year-old was eliminated in the first round of the Men's individual event, and in the cruelest of circumstances. His match with Australia's Taylor Worth finished all square, and went into Archery's equivalent of a penalty shootout - one arrow, highest score wins.

The Australian scored the maximum 10 points - Alan only managed 9 and was knocked-out as a result. Worth progressed to the next round, and for Alan it was the end of his London 2012 dream.

I put up a good fight and it came down to one arrow.

– Alan Wills, Team GB Archer

Speaking after his exit, Alan said: "When it all comes down to one arrow - especially when it's one arrow and it's that close - it's difficult. But I didn't lie down and let him beat me. I put up a good fight and it came down to one arrow. So it's tough, but that's sports isn't it."

He's not letting the defeat get to him though - Alan's already back in training and has begun his preparations for the Rio Olympics in 2016. He said: "I'm disappointed that I got beat but I've already been talking to the coaches and the performance directors and saying that I'm ready for Rio as well, and they want me.

"I'm the youngest on the team at the moment. I'm in the best shape of my life. I've got another 10-15 years left. Just making the team was a massive thing."

Instead of going back home to Frizington, Alan has decided to take the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere and some of the other events in the Games. He said: "I'm going to go and try and do my best to get into the stadium on Sunday night because it's the Men's 100m final. That would be really good to get a chance to watch that.

"This is different than Beijing. Just the whole atmosphere in the home Games is phenomenal. I'm walking down the street and people are asking for my autograph, and photo's, and just the general public. It's great."

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