Steve Scott has won the Men’s Double Trap event at the European Championships in Hungary, with James Dedman taking Silver in the Junior Men’s event.
Reporting on the British Shooting website, the Junior event took place first, delayed by a short controversy over a 4-way tie break after the Semi-Final stage to decide which two shooters would go through to the Gold/Silver Medal Match and who would make the Bronze/Fourth Match.
After an appeal, James was allocated to the Gold Match with Nathan Lee Xuereb of Malta, with Kirill Fokeev and Anton Slepushkin left battling for Bronze. James held level with Zuereb, both going the first 5 pairs wiht only one missed target each. Unfortunately a poor middle section did the damage for James, despite rallying towards the end. James hasn’t been shooting very long but has risen to junior stardom under the tutelage of Olympic Champion Peter Wilson and was recently inducted onto the GB Academy Programme.
Following James’ Silver, Steve Scott had to maintain his composure for the Senior Men’s final which he had qualified for easily in second place. After 30 shots Steve want equal with Russia’s Vasily Mosin in the Semifinal stage on 27ex30 to qualify for the Gold Medal Match. Both remained steely eyed, going to 29 each by the end of the final, which dropped them into a sudden death shoot off. Mosin blinked first, going 3-4 down to Scott. Italy’s Marco Innocenti claimed Bronze with a comfortable 6 point win over Slovakian Hubert Andrezj Olejnik.Steve has been developing his shooting with Ahmed Al Maktoum, the 2004 Olympic Double Trap Champion who coached Peter Wilson to victory in London.