Steady aim reaps silver reward for air rifle pair

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Douglas, who has had a brilliant year winning the Jersey and Channel Islands titles at the tender age of 17, ignored a shoulder tendon injury to win his first Games medal.

Douglas and Turner (Douglas’ coach) carded a total of 1,123 – 13 points behind Gotland’s golden winning pairing of Jacobsson and Johansson.

Turner shot 564 and Douglas 559.Team manager Richard Bouchard said: ‘Dave shot above his average while Scott had a good score, but he has a lot more in his tank yet.

Once he gets his nerves under control I’m sure he’ll improve.

He shot 583 in Guernsey earlier this year and a score anywhere near that could win him a singles gold on Friday.

In fact, both have a chance of gaining further medals.’Douglas said: ‘I’m overwhelmed and I can’t really believe it.

I’ve been struggling with a shoulder injury but there is certainly no pain now that the medal is won.’Turner, who collected his fourth Games medal in total, said: ‘I’m so pleased I didn’t let Scott down, I knew we had a good chance of success.

I hope we can do equally well in the individual event and it would be fantastic if we were both on the winners’ podium.’Veterans and newcomers collected gongs further round the coast at the North United ARC.

Dave Ward and Derek Bernard collected silver and bronze respectively in the ISSF centre-fire individual while Games newcomers Shirley Baudains (team manager in the Gibraltar Games) and Mary Norman were on target to pocket silver in the women’s pairs competition with a combined score of 698, nine points away from a gold position.

Baudains totalled 345 and Norman 353.Dave Ward (554) and Michael Quénault (525) placed fourth in the air pistol men’s pairs, 13 points away from bronze.

Bob Blake (270) and Mick Radcliffe (267) were also out of medal contention in the Police Pistol I individual.The final shooting medal yesterday, a silver, came from Mark Andrews in the ISSF Olympic Trap individual discipline.

Andrews was pipped for a gold medal in a tie-shoot by Gibraltar’s Kevin Cowles.

Both marksman finished on 134, a Games record score, beating the previous best by one.Clays manager Bill Staite said: ‘It was a brilliant performance.

To make up four birds in the last 25 was superb and proves how good Mark can be on his day.

He scored 24 in the final detail and although he lost the play-off 3-2 he is delighted to have won a silver medal.’

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