Four students represented GB at the World University Shooting Championships in Al Ain, UAE.
Mike Bargeron and Finbar Ryley represented the men, both shooting rifle, whilst Welsh Commonwealth Games shooter Coral Kennerley qualified for the final in both her events, shooting alongside fellow pistol shooter Jess Liddon.
Mike was nominated as GB flagbearer. Unfortunately his three teammates all had competitions on day 1 of the meeting and couldn’t attend the Opening Ceremony.
Jess and Coral were first up with the 25M Women’s Pistol starting at 1000. After 30 shots, Coral was in 7th place, placing her in the provisional finals, one point ahead of her score from the World Championships last month in Granada.
Fin meanwhile was on the air range in the Men’s 10M Air Rifle. A wobbly start settled, finishing with his best string of 102.8 which placed him 27th in the Qualification stage with a creditable score of 604.5.
The lads got a break on day 2, with Jess and Coral shooting the second half of their 25 Metre match. Jess improved on her precision stage from day 1, whilst after a wobbly start Coral finished with a pair of strings scoring 49/50, which maintained her 7th place in the final. Unfortunately, due to the training restrictions she has to live with in the UK, Coral had never actually shot a Final before! To add insult to injury, the entire final is shot Rapid, with Coral’s strength lying in the Precision phase. And tens aren’t good enough – the final is shot hit/miss with a 10.2 or better considered a hit. It is testament to the difficulty of this that Coral shot a pair of perfect strings but was only awarded 7 hits out of 10! She was eventually eliminated in 8th place, counted down from joint 7th. Coral explains all in her blog post.
The girls took a break on day 3, visiting Dubai and taking lots of photos in the Dubai Mall Aquarium. Back on the range, Mike and Fin stepped up for the Men’s 50M Prone. Finn will have been disappointed with his performance, placing 31st with 596.7. Mike was up the list in 19th with 610.5. Cut-off for the final was 616.3.
Day 4 was a break day in which the boys went missing, whilst the girls enjoyed Pre-Event Training for their 10M Air Pistol on Day 5.
Day 5 featured both Coral and Jess shooting in the Women’s 10M Air Pistol. Jess had a consistent shoot with a strong middle-sector to take 28th. Coral made her second final of the meeting with 379/400, placing her joint 4th. Coral has somewhat more finals experience in Air Pistol than 25M Pistol, and went straight to the top, leading the first Finals String with a 30.9 ex32.7. A solid 30.6 for her second string maintained her position, but a few wild shots after three eliminations left her joint 4th, fighting for survival. A shoot-off went against her to leave her 5th.
Finn was busy on the 50M range in the Men’s 50M 3-Position Rifle event. A slow start in the Kneeling stage led through to a steady shoot, with a wild string in each of otherwise steady Prone and Standing stages to finish 27th.