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Shooting results bode well for 2012 Olympic Games

Shooting results bode well for 2012 Olympic Games.
The Home Nations Commonwealth Games shooting teams have produced an impressive medal haul with Aaron Harding taking gold Men’s Singles Trap for England and Stevan Walton and Steven Scott winning in Men’s Pairs Double Trap.

Stevan Walton also took gold in the men’s Singles Double Trap, Anita North won the Women’s Singles Trap event also for England and Kay Copland and Jen McIntosh took gold in the 50m Prone Pairs for Scotland.

James Huckle and Kenny Parr won silvers for England in both the Men’s Pairs Three Positions 50m Air Rifle and 10m Air Rifle Pairs.

At the time of going to press other medals for the British competitors include silvers for Abbey Burton and Anita North (England) in Pairs Trap, for Jonathan Hammond (Scotland) in the Single Three Positions 50m air rifle, for Shona Marshall (Scotland) in the Singles Trap and for Nick Baxter and Michael Gault in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol Pairs. Bronze medals went to Julia Lydall and Gorg Geikie (England) in the Women’s Pairs 25m Pistol, Kay Copland and Jen McIntosh (Scotland) in the Women’s Pairs 50m Rifle Three Positions, Timothy James Kneale (Isle of Man) Singles Double Trap Men, Jonathan Hammond and Neil Stirton (Scotland) Three Positions 50m Air Rifle Pairs and Aaron Heading and Dave Kirk in the Trap Pairs.

The young age of the majority of the medal winners bodes well for the 2012 British Olympic shooting team.

Alastair Aiken, of the National Small-bore Rifle Association, said. “We are encouraged by so many of the youngsters doing so well. There was a concentration on youth in Home Nations teams for the Commonwealth Games, which is an important stepping stone for the Olympics.”

There were also some impressive results for veteran shooters.

The 56-year-old Mick Gault, England’s most successful Commonwealth athlete with 15 medals over four Games, collected his first medal in Delhi as he attempted to pass the all-time record of Australian pistol shooter Phillip Adams, who won 18 medals in six Games.

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