British shooters win gold and silver in Sweden

British shooters win gold and silver in Sweden
By Sportsbeat

12/01/2017 at 22:10

Great Britain's shooters returned from an early-season competition in Sweden with two medals to check in with their luggage.

Competing in the Swedish Cup for the first time, British shooters competed against rifle athletes from Scandinavia, Australia and India.

Seonaid McIntosh brought home a gold medal while Katie Gleeson won silver, ensuring confidence will be high ahead of their next competition, the Munich International Airgun Competition, later this month.

And British Shooting's head rifle coach, Donald McIntosh, was pleased with the form showed by his two athletes.

"This was the first time that we've attended the Swedish Cup, which is now a well-established match at the very beginning of the year that attracts a substantial entry," he said.

"Following on from the two domestic selection events at the Welsh and Surrey Championships, plus the RIAC international in Luxembourg, which all took place before the turn of the year, this was an excellent opportunity for Katie and Seonaid to consolidate the excellent technical work they have undertaken in recent months.

"Both athletes consistently achieved their technical objectives for the competition, which delivered some good qualification scores and three final appearances.

"Both benefited from experiencing the newly revised finals format, which has now extended the course of fire from 20 to 24 shots for those who end up contesting the gold and silver medals at the end, and it was a bonus to come home with two medals in what were very competitive finals."

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