Great Britain women's team miss out on bronze at London Classic

Great Britain narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the women's team event at the London Classic at Lord's.

Alison Williamson, Amy Oliver and Naomi Folkard beat world champions Italy in the first round of the London 2012 test event and seconds seed Chinese Taipei in the quarter-final.

But the hosts were then comfortably beaten by China in the last four.

That still left the chance of a podium finish with a bronze medal match against Japan, but they lost 206-200.

Having watched their male counterparts exit in the first knockout round at the home of cricket yesterday, the pressure was on the team to deliver.

They were pitted against a strong Italian side in their opening match but led from the first end to the last to claim a 203-201 win.

They then defeated a Chinese Taipei trio, whose ranking shoot of 1903 dwarfed their own combined effort of 1861 and made them second seeds behind eventual gold medalists South Korea, by 208-200.

Silver medalists China proved just too strong for Williamson, Folkard and Oliver in the semi-final, cruising to a 218-203 success, but bronze would have been a triumph for a team with a world ranking of 13th and it came close desperately close to becoming a reality.

At the halfway stage, scores were tied at 103-103 and going into the last three arrows a score of 25 from 30 would have tied the match.

As it was the trio could only manage 19, with a rare three spoiling their scorecard and denying them a medal.

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