Finals, medals and near misses at the first European Games, held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The Shooting has rounded up at the first European Games, and Team GB has come home with Gold!
Highlight of the week was Amber Hill slogging through a 30-target shoot-off to beat out Chaira Cainero of Italy who had just set a World Record of 75/75 in Qualifying. Amber not only took the Gold, but with it earned a Quota Place for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Ed Ling made the Men’s Trap semi-final and qualified for the Bronze Medal Match. He was outpaced however by Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo, who took the Bronze medal with 13 hits to Ed’s 11, leaving Ed in fourth.
Steve Scott put in a strong performance in the Men’s Double Trap, leading Qualifying with a score of 142. In the Semi-Final however he hit a 3-way tie for the two slots in the Bronze Medal Match, finishing 5th after the shoot-off.
Abbey Ling and Charlotte Kerwood both contested the Women’s Trap, with Abbey finishing 12th on 69/75, and Charlotte on 17th with 67.
In the Rifle, Jen McIntosh had a strong showing. A score of 415.0 in the Women’s Air Rifle left her 9th, missing out on the Final by an agonising 0.7 points. Sister Seonaid McIntosh also had a strong shoot finishing 11th with 414.2. In the Women’s 3-Position Rifle, Jen did make the Final with 580 securing 5th place in the Qualification round. She was eliminated in 7th place.
Jonathan Hammond finished 20th in the Men’s Prone with 612.4. That might seem a low score for an International match, but when you consider the top scorer in qualification was reigning Olympic Champion Sergei Martynov with 620.0, the impact of the difficult wind conditions becomes clear. One would normally expect a top score in the 628-630 region at such events.