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London Test Event: Flash Quotes

The men shot from 1/8 eliminations to the gold medal match on Sunday.

Read below the reactions from the athletes! We also asked LOCOG Competition Manager Chris MARSH and World Archery Secretary General Tom DIELEN on their impressions of the event.   Les hommes ont joué les 1/8e de finale individuels jusqu'à la finale pour l'or dimanche. Lisez ci-dessous les réactions des athlètes! Nous avons également demandé au Manager de la compétition pour LOCOG Chris MARSH et au Secrétaire Général de World Archery Tom DIELEN de nous donner leurs impressions sur le tournoi.   Medal Matches   Brady ELLISON (USA) – gold   On calling out the doctor:   “I felt really bad this morning. I got bad sick and had to call out the doctor because I had a bad migraine.”   On wearing as much pink as possible (support of breast cancer charities):   “I try to get as much of my stuff as possible pink when I’m shooting. I don’t wear pink tops because I think that would be going too far.”   On his success:    “I’m shooting well and practising hard. I was staying strong in the wind. There were a lot of shots that I was frustrated with because of the wind, but I knew I couldn’t do any more.”   “In the wind it’s the luck of the draw and in the hands of God.”   On his trademark “Brady Wave”:   “It’s in remembrance of Lane FROST (USA), a bull-rider whose life was the subject of a movie Eight Seconds.”   “He was one of my heroes when I was growing up, he was one of the first people that I looked up to. He died in the 1980s.”   IM Dong-Hyun (KOR) - silver   On the blustery conditions:   “It was very windy, so it was difficult to deal with.”   On his reaction to losing:   “I’m not disappointed.”   LEE Joe Huyng (MAS) - coach   On his archer’s experience at the test event:   “This is only my player’s second time in a big event, so it is a good experience for him and for the Olympic Games next year.”   Dmytro HRACHOV (UKR) - fourth   On being the only European in the finals:   “I am very overwhelmed with pride to be the only European left.”   On the weather:   “The weather conditions were very difficult. This stadium is not ideal for Archery because it is too windy. You may shoot a 10 and then the next arrow hits the seven-ring, without any reason.”   Quarterfinals   KIM Woojin (KOR)   On losing the shoot-off:   “I am disappointed because the wind affected my final arrow and I did not expect that.”   On what he has learned from competing in this event:   “I need to get used to the wind and get my posture better.”   Takaharu FURUKAWA (JPN)   On his performance:   “I have been lucky so far because of my opponents’ mistakes. I did not start in perfect form for this match so when I nailed the 10s it gave me a great feeling.   “I feel more confident now, I proved to myself I can be in the best eight despite my not-perfect form.”   On his future plans:   “I tried to relax, preparing for November’s selection for next year’s World Cup.”   On delaying to take a shot:   “After 10 seconds of waiting for the wind to die down, I had to take the chance.”   1/8 Eliminations   KIM Woojin (KOR)   On his performance:   “Compared to the team competition, I did not feel that I shot as well.”   On potentially meeting a Korean in this competition:   “I would be happy to compete with a fellow Korean.”   XING Yu (CHN)   On the conditions and the effect of the sun:   “There is some impact but it’s not too strong. Where I stand there is sun, but not on the target, that is in the dark.”   On the fact KIM began the contest with five consecutive 10s:   “I didn’t feel any pressure because it is only my fourth game in a month. So I am not too sensitive about the result.”   On his performance this week:   “My actions were good but today it was too windy. I couldn’t predict the wind and I didn’t perform well enough.”   Hideki KIKUCHI (JPN)   On weather conditions:   “I have no idea of what went wrong today. The wind was not cold but was gusting and it was annoying. It was impossible to predict the wind direction.”   On the Olympic quota places for Japan:   “At the moment we have only two places out of six, one for the men and one for the women. We have to get some more to be here next year.”   On the test event:   “Being here is very important to me because I could understand what I have to do to get ready for next year. This was a very important event and this experience will affect my future shots.”   KIM Woojin (KOR)   On his performance:   “Compared to the team competition, I did not feel that I shot as well.”   On potentially meeting a Korean in this competition:   “I would be happy to compete with a fellow Korean.”   XING Yu (CHN)   On the conditions and the effect of the sun:   “There is some impact but it’s not too strong. Where I stand there is sun, but not on the target, that is in the dark.”   On the fact KIM began the contest with five consecutive 10s:   “I didn’t feel any pressure because it is only my fourth game in a month. So I am not too sensitive about the result.”   On his performance this week:   “My actions were good but today it was too windy. I couldn’t predict the wind and I didn’t perform well enough.”   Dmytro HRACHOV (UKR)   On today’s performance:   “I’m feeling great, but the main problem was the wind, it was quite strong making it difficult to shoot. Plus the sun is shining directly in to my eyes so it’s very uncomfortable, I think the direction of the shooting is wrong, they should reconsider the direction the archers shoot.”   KUO Cheng Wei (TPE)   On the conditions:   “The sunshine was OK. I got up early today to practise so I was accustomed to it.”   On his performance:   “At the beginning I started with an error when I shot a six and I found it difficult to precisely predict the wind. Everything else was OK.”   On the pressure of final-day knockouts:   “Most athletes compete with themselves. I didn’t consider how far I would go in this tournament. I just wanted to do my best and focus on my current performance rather than any future performances.”   On Lord’s as Olympic Archery venue:   “It’s a long distance from the practice field to the main arena. This is the only thing I’m not satisfied with.   Brady ELLISON (USA)   On shooting eight 10s in nine shots:   “Not bad. I just missed one low, it just went off.”   On fixing a business card to the right side of his hat:   “I put that there to keep the sun out of my eyes. There were times when it was right in my eyes and pretty blinding.”   On the conditions:   “It doesn’t seem like the arrows are drifting in the wind. It blows you around though and it depends who gets stuck with a gust.   “VALLADONT had the biggest gust of the match and that was not his fault. He was hit by a bunch of wind and it affected his shot. But you will see the stronger shooters still shoot well in the wind.”   Jean-Charles VALLADONT (FRA)   On the pressure of playing the world No 1:   “I didn’t feel pressure. But I am less strong physically than Brady ELLISON. He always gets 10s.”   On the conditions:   “There was more wind and the sun was always in my eyes.”   Pedro VIVAS ALCALA (MEX)   On feeling the pressure:   “There was a bit of pressure, quite a lot, but I couldn’t control it. I’m just going to make sure I train hard for the Games. The match was a really good experience from this point of view.”   On the positives of the event:   “It was a good result, considering that this competition is mainly to get to know the terrain we’ll be playing on during the Games (London 2012). This competition is really good preparation for the Olympics.”   Joe FANCHIN (USA)   On his performance:   “The match was all right. (There was a) tough wind to be deciphered and changes of conditions. The problem was the wind mostly, not the sun. I shot pretty good the last arrow but I hit the nine, he (FURUKAWA) won with a 10. I am disappointed. I could have done better.”   Takaharu FURUKAWA (JPN)   On the shoot-off:   “My shooting was gradually getting better. So when it got the shoot off I felt good. I had already shot a few 10s. Shooting second did not affect me. I am used to it.”   On conditions:   “The gusting wind is always a problem here.”   On his hopes for the competition:   “I feel I can win. I feel confident.”   Luis Eduardo VELEZ SANCHEZ (MEX)   On the pressure of the match:   “There was a lot of pressure which really got to me. I was very nervous.”   On his preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games:   “I need to control my nerves, in order to improve my performance because there’s always going to be pressure there.”   Competition's Officials   Chris MARSH (GBR) – LOCOG Competition Manager   On his impressions of the event:   “The event has been a brilliant success. I’m very happy. I have tested everything I have wanted to test and everyone has performed brilliantly. Two years of planning have been really worth it.”   On staging the event at Lord’s:   “We have managed to place the Archery in iconic venues before, in Athens (2004 Olympic Games), for instance, it was in the Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium. Without the support of the Archery Foundation and the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) it would have been difficult.”   On the windy conditions during the competition:   “We are currently in October, when they are not normally competing outside, so we have had stronger wind conditions than they would normally have. It caught them out and showed they are human. “   On how the temporary stands at Lord’s will change the atmosphere in 2012:   “It’s fantastic that we have sold out for next year, we are ready and waiting. When we have the temporary setting in place next year it will be more intimate for the spectators but also for the archers.”   Tom DIELEN (BEL) - World Archery Secretary General   On the event:   “It has been excellent. We are very happy with the test event, it has given us a good feeling about what will happen next year. Everyone, from the archers and the officials to the spectators, has fallen in love with Lord’s.”   On the windy conditions during the competition:   “We have had difficult conditions all season long. There were heavy winds in Antalya in the World Cup (Turkey), for instance. So archers have been used to tricky winds all season. It shows that they can compete in these conditions. “   On preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games:   “All the pieces of the puzzle are ready and they will come together in July next year. We are convinced that there will be a gold medal from the home nation. I think the GB team are on the right track.”   By LOCOG ONS London’s Prepare Series