London 2012: Larry Godfrey bullish on medal prospects

Archer Larry Godfrey believes his recent form has put him in contention for a medal at London 2012.

The 35-year-old Bristolian booked his place in the Great Britain squad with a convincing victory at the selection shoot at Lilleshall.

It will be the third time Godfrey has taken part in the Games, but he has yet to achieve a top-three finish.

But he told BBC Points West: "I'm in the form of my life and I'm definitely in the pot for the medals."

Godfrey's achievements

Larry Godfrey

2012 - World Cup - Turkey - Gold

2011 - World Championships - Italy - Bronze

2011 - European Cup - Turkey - Gold

2010 - World Cup - Ogden, USA - Silver

2009 - World Cup - Dominican Republic - Silver

2008 - Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 37th

2007 - World Championships -Germany - Silver

2007 - World Cup - Italy - Gold

2007 - World Cup - Dover, UK - Silver

2006 - World Cups - Silver, Bronze

2005 - European Cup - Poland - Gold, Bronze

2004 - European Continental - Gold

2004 - European Champs - Belgium - Silver

2004 - Olympics - Athens - 4th

Godfrey continued: "We've been working very hard through the winter trying to get up to the level I need to be at to win a medal. I don't want to go and just take part.

"It's a great privilege and a great honour to be in the form of my life, two months away from a home Olympics - it doesn't get much better than that."

Godfrey made his Olympic debut in Athens in 2004 but narrowly lost out to the eventual champion, Marco Galiazzo, in the semi-finals before losing the bronze medal play-off to Australian Tim Cuddihy.

Beijing 2008 was a big disappointment as he finished 36th in the individual standings and 12th in the team event, but the Kingswood-born archer says that has made him even more determined to succeed in London.

"The level has dramatically increased over the last eight years," he added.

"I've raised my game and the other guys have too. We've learnt from Beijing after going out in the first round.

"I think that's one of the things we got wrong; a lot of expectation came because we'd won a medal at the worlds a year before.

"We're a lot wiser now and more mature and we go into the games quietly confident."