Victorian Institute of Sport

Alec loses to local hero

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Team bronze medallist Alec Potts has gone down in the tightest of clashes in the individual competition in Rio.

After making history on the first day of competition, Potts was unable to overcome local hero Bernardo Oliveira in front of a partisan crowd.

Potts took an early lead, but it appeared Oliveira relished the atmosphere and warmed into the clash as he eventually claimed the victory 6-4.

After the first set was split as both archers shot 26, Potts claimed the second 27-25 before the duo took a point each in the third after both shooting 27. 

Highlighting just how cut-throat the competition is, Oliveira won the final two sets by a single point, 27-26, to earn himself a spot in the 1/16 round.

Despite the loss Potts was pleased with his overall campaign and with a bronze medal to his name who can blame him!

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