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Italian opponent next up for archer Karen

Team South Africa’s Karen Hultzer expressed her satisfaction at her performance in the ranking round of the archery competition at the London Olympics on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.

She ended the day with a ranking of 46 of 64 athletes with a final score of 631, 40 points of the leading mark.

Her result means she’ll come up against Italian Pia Lionetti in Monday morning’s 1/32 eliminations.

Lionetti ended 19th in the rankings round with a score of 652.

Said Hultzer, whose age is the same as her ranking: “I was a bit nervous at the beginning but was shooting solid. Actually it was stange because when I began to relax then I slacked off so maybe I must be under pressure more!

“Still my 631 is only seven points off my personal best 638 and I’ve only shot that once. Two months ago I wasn’t shooting 630 so I have to be happy where I am now.”

Archers show two halves of 36 arrows each, making for a total of 72 arrows, all from 70-metres away from the target.

“It was also great to beat Dame Alison Williamson of Britain who was competing in her sixth Olympic Games,” said Hultzer.