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Celebrate

Here is my next shot from the final men's match at the Olympic archery competition at Lord's cricket ground on the Monday that we attended during the London 2012 Games.

 

When we turned up for the afternoon session the seats on the right of our entrance ended at 12 and then began again on the left at 23. Nothing strange about that, except for our tickets were for seats 19 and 20 and therefore didn't actually exist! Because of this we were 'upgraded' to the disabled area at the front of the stand where we could choose any free seat to sit on. We selected our spot right next door to the range and in clear view of the shooting line.

 

I'd switched to the 17-40mm lens to get some images with the crowd in them, mainly anticipating a British victory and hoping to get some shots of them celebrating. This shot is of the major British hope for a medal, Larry Godfrey who was seeded 4th, during his 1/16 elimination match against Juan Rene Serrano from Mexico, who was seeded 29th. Fortunately for us Larry is left handed so our place in the North Stand was ideal for grabbing images of him. Here he celebrates with the South Stand crowd as they rise and cheer in the seconds after he clinched victory. In all the events I attended at the London 2012 Olympics this was the noisiest and best atmosphere that I experienced when a British athlete was competing. Larry Godfrey went on to win the match 7-1, but it was much closer than the score suggests. Sets 1, 3 and 4 were won by a single point and set 2 was drawn.

 

EOS 40D ~ 17-40L @ 40mm ~ 1/250 ~ f6.3 ~ ISO200 ~ Av mode.

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Taken on July 30, 2012