Oliver already looking to Rio 2016

MEDAL HOPES: Amy Oliver is determined to win a medal at Rio 2016 after making her Olympic debut in London.

MEDAL HOPES: Amy Oliver is determined to win a medal at Rio 2016 after making her Olympic debut in London.

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AMY Oliver has tasted the Olympic experience – and now she wants a medal.

While London 2012 is still in its final stages, the Swinton archer is already looking ahead to Rio 2016.

And she has her sights firmly set on a podium finish in four year’s time.

She told the Times: “My ambition for a long time has been to become an Olympian.

“I’ve achieved that now and my new ambition is to become an Olympic medallist.

“That is my focus and I’m already looking towards Rio.

“I’m determined to get there and come back with a medal.”

Oliver’s Olympics ended in the round of 32 after a 7-1 defeat to Indonesia’s Ika Yuliana Rochmawati.

But before that the 25-year-old hit the headlines after eliminating world number one Deepika Kumari of India in the round of 64 with a 6-2 triumph.

Oliver said: “To be honest I didn’t know she was world number one until after we’d finished.

“I knew she was a top archer and that she’d won an event in Turkey a couple of months ago.

“It was such amazing high after beating her, especially after I found out how good she was.

“I don’t think she shot at her best but I shot really well and that’s all that matters.

“The crowd was amazing, it was an unbelievable feeling to stand out there after winning.”

Oliver believes that while beating Kumari was probably her best individual result as an archer, it could not make up for the disappointment of going out in the next stage.

“I went to London looking for experience but you want to go as far as you can,” she said.

“She was probably the best archer that I’ve ever beaten, and to beat her convincingly just made it more special.

“But it’s hard to look at it with too much excitement when I haven’t really got anything to show for it.

Oliver added: “You realise how much you want to be standing on that podium when somebody stops you.

“I will be taking that from this experience and it’s made me more determined to succeed next time.”