Gold confirmation for shooting duo

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It was confirmed yesterday that Aebhanne Rees-Williams and Chantelle Ward will receive the gold in the ISSF ten-metre air rifle discipline despite them being the only team of shooters in the event held earlier in the week.

The Jersey pair recorded a score of 703 with Rees-Williams scoring 365 and Ward 338.

Marksmen from Gibraltar, Gotland and Rhodes competed as single shots with Gibraltar’s Heloise Manasco registering 390 points and Gotland’s Sara Svensson 368.

Prone silver First-time competitors Richard Bouchard and Jonathan Billot pipped the Isle of Man by one point to claim silver in the 50m prone rifle discipline on the Kalamonas shooting range – a dust bowl of a facility which at times hampered the competitors.

And the Isle of Man may now be regretting their decision to loan bullets to the Jersey duo now that they have missed out on the silver.

Bouchard said: ‘We’re ecstatic to have taken silver and we’re grateful to the Isle of Man who loaned us their ammunition.

The bullets we were given were not the ones we ordered and the Isle of Man certainly helped us in our hour of need!’ Billot, who is still a junior marksman, said: ‘Conditions were horrendous, the flags were all over the place and the dust was whipping up a lot of the time.

‘At home at Crabbe the flags are usually all direct, it was very difficult trying to read these today at times and s and it was a case of waiting for a lull to shoot and that’s much easier said than done.’ Bouchard scored 568 and Billot 572.

Jersey flag bearer Bob Blake won his fourth medal of the week winning the team rapid fire discipline with Mike Quénault while Derek Bernard and Dave Ward also won silver in the sport pistol team class – Bernard totalling 547 and Ward 556.

Results coming out of all the shooting ranges are extremely slow to be received, even the competitors are unsure as to who has won what when they leave the venues each day.

Early today it was still unconfirmed whether Alain Cabaret and Mark Douglas had claimed silver in the practical pistol shooting team standard class while no one knew how the pair had done in the individual competition.

The marksmen were competing for team and individual medals in the Open class today.

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