Britain add to shooting medal tally at World Championships
Great Britain Target Sprint duo Oliver Vass and Rachel McManus said it was a dream come true after claiming bronze in the Mixed Pairs at the ISSF World Championships in Changwon.
The pairing finished behind Sven Mueller and Kerstin Veronika Schmidt, who prevailed in an all-German duel for the gold medal against Michael Herr and Jana Landwehr.
McManus only started competing in the sport two years ago and she hailed her partnership with Vass after they held their nerve in a tense finale in challenging weather conditions.
"I'm delighted," said the 28-year-old. "We had a very hard final and now we have the medal to reward all the effort and commitment that we've put into the sport.
"You have to gel as a team in this event and I think we worked well together. I couldn't have wished for a better partner.
"In this sport you just have to go all out, hold your nerve and we looked to creep up on the Italians and Germans and see where we can make gains.
"Everybody went out fast from the whistle. I had a bit of a slip at the start but I just had to keep focussed. I think I shot the first shoot clean and then it was all down to the legs from there."
Speaking after the dramatic finale in South Korea, 21-year-old Vass added that it was just a case of going back to basics after admitting it was the toughest race of his career.
"I am absolutely ecstatic," said Vass, Britain's top-ranked senior man. "Two years training for myself and I feel like for both of us it's a dream come true.
"We knew it was going to be a tough, tough race, it was the hardest race of my life but we got what we came here to achieve.
"The last week we've been trying to prepare as best as we can, both psychologically and physically – but that was just a fantastic result for us.
"It was all about going back to basics and sticking to what you've been taught. We have the process drilled into us by our coaches and the support of the teammates around us also helps."
McManus and Vass were not the only Brits to enjoy success on the penultimate day of the Championships, with six athletes walking away with a medal following the women's team event.
Two teams of three – Emily Shawyer, Poppy Clark and Katie Robbins, as well as Victoria Bradbury, Isabel Moore and Charlotte Huddart – won silver and bronze respectively behind the dominant German trio of Madlen Guggenmoss, Jana Landwehr and Schmidt.