Unlucky archer Alan Wills loses Olympic shoot-out by tiny margin

OUT OF LUCK:  Alan Wills
OUT OF LUCK: Alan Wills

ARCHER Alan Wills’ Olympic campaign is over after being beaten by the most minute of margins.

Taking part in a shoot-out in the individual competition at Lord’s on Wednesday, the Peterlee man was desperately unlucky to lose to Australia’s Taylor Worth.

The plucky 30-year-old, who is now based in Cumbria, twice came from behind to level the score at 5-5 with the Aussie.

But he lost a one-arrow shootout when he hit a tight nine to his opponent’s 10.

He was left to muse of the fine margins between victory and defeat but was buoyed by the raucous support of 5,000 home fans at the cricket arenA.

“I was happy to fight back and get a shootout and then my shot was maybe 5mm off the 10. It happens,” he said.

“Fair play, his was a good shot and that’s it...the last four years are all on one shot.

“I’d have been happy with nine in any other shootout.”