|Full name||Alison Jane Williamson|
3 November 1971 |
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
|Club||Long Mynd Archers|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||1992 Barcelona - 8th (Ind), 13th (team)
1996 Atlanta - 10th (Ind)
2000 Sydney - 9th (Ind)
2004 Athens - 3rd (Ind), 12th (team)
2008 Beijing - 17th (Ind), 4th (team)
Williamson, who is a member of the Long Mynd Archers (a club based in Church Stretton), has represented Great Britain at six consecutive Olympic Games, from 1992-2012. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to archery.
2004 Summer Olympics
Her greatest success came in the 2004 Summer Olympics where she earned a bronze medal. She placed 21st in the women's individual ranking round with a 72-arrow score of 637. In the first round of elimination, she faced 44th-ranked Janet Dykman of the United States. Williamson defeated Dykman 147-121 in the 18-arrow match to advance to the round of 32. In that round, she faced 53rd-ranked Japanese archer Sayoko Kawauchi, defeating her 154-150. Williamson then defeated 5th-ranked Zhang Juanjuan of China 165-161, advancing to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Williamson faced He Ying, also of China, decisively defeating the 4th-ranked archer 109-89 in the 12-arrow match. Williamson advanced to the semifinals, where she was defeated by Korean Park Sung Hyun 110-100, moving Williamson to the bronze medal match. In the final 12-arrow match, she won by one point over 6th-ranked Yuan Shu Chi of Chinese Taipei to win the bronze medal in women's individual archery. Williamson was also a member of the 12th-place British women's archery team.
2008 Summer Olympics
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing Williamson finished her ranking round with a total of 651 points. This gave her the 7th seed for the final competition bracket in which she faced Wei Pi-Hsiu in the first round, beating the archer from Chinese Taipei with 108-99. In the second round she was surprised by 26th seed Khatuna Lorig from the United States who won the confrontation with 112-109.
Together with Naomi Folkard and Charlotte Burgess she also took part in the team event. With her 651 score from the ranking round combined with another 651 of Folkard and the 623 of Burgess the British team was in second position after the ranking round, which gave them a straight seed into the quarter finals. With 201-196 they were too strong for the Japanese team. In the semi final against China they scored 202 points with the Chinese scoring 208, missing out on the final. They were unable to recover in the bronze medal match and lost against France 203-201 to miss out on the medals.
Williamson celebrated a silver medal in the women's Team Recurve event at Yamuna Sports Complex during day five of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. The England Team of Amy Oliver, Naomi Folkard and Alison Williamson suffered a narrow defeat to the host nation in the final.
2012 Summer Olympics
- "Athlete Profile". www.olympics.org.uk. Archived from the original on 9 August 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
- "London 2012: Archer Alison Williamson equals Games record". BBC Sport. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- The London Gazette: . 16 June 2012.
- Athlete biography: Alison Williamson, beijing2008.cn, ret: Aug, 21 2008
- "Video - GB women miss out on archery bronze". news.bbc.co.uk. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.