British archer critiques Jennifer Lawrence’s technique in ‘Hunger Games’ poster

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Jennifer Lawrence may have been trained by a five-time Olympic archer, but her form in a “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” film poster is not world class, says an up-and-coming British archer.

Becky Martin, 17, deconstructed Lawrence’s form in the poster seen on the right.

Martin is 22 years younger than Lawrence’s archery teacher, Georgian-born American Khatuna Lorig.

But Martin has credentials. She’s a World Cadet Championships gold medalist who made the round of 32 at the World Championships one month ago.

Here’s the report from the Radio Times:

If the film’s protagonist Katniss Everdeen shot a bow and arrow like she did in the poster “it would really hurt her,” explains 17-year-old British gold medal archer Becky Martin. In the posters, Lawrence breaks one of the most basic rules in the sport – she puts her finger over the arrow. Firing in this position could rip a chunk out of her flesh.

Martin, who recently won gold in the World Cadet Championships and has her sights set on Rio 2016, revealed that this is not the only area in which Lawrence could improve her technique. “My tips would make her even better,”

Martin did not comment on how the form of Lawrence’s character, Katniss, looked in the film. After all, Lorig was brought in to train Lawrence for live action, not illustrated posters.

“It was important to me for the scenes to be realistic and she did great,” Lorig told Yahoo. “Ask any archer and they will tell you she looked just like a top archer.”

Martin was nonetheless praiseworthy of the “Hunger Games” series and Lawrence’s character.

“All publicity for archery is great, and it’s a minority sport in the UK so it’s great to raise awareness of it,” she told the Radio Times. “I’d like to think that I can be as accurate as [Katniss] and show determination as she does.”

(h/t @OllieW)

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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