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Australia add to gold medal tally in woman’s trap pairs

27 July 2002

Nessa Jenkins and Diane Reeves take gold from England by one point.

Reeves and Jenkins

Australia's shooting stars, Nessa Jenkins and Diane Reeves.

The National Shooting Centre in Bisley provided the scene for some thrilling entertainment the Australian pair of Nessa Jenkins and Diane Reeves completed a hat trick of victories in world-class shooting events.

Jenkins said: “I’m wrapped – the hardest thing is that you are trying to shoot your own score, but you’re still thinking about what your partner’s shooting, and I could hear Di calling for her targets. Sometimes you can hear the buzzer if someone misses and I didn’t hear it so I thought things were okay.”

“We’ve had a lot of competition practice before coming to the Commonwealth Games – we’ve been to the World Cup and the World Championship so it’s been a big build up, but this just topped it off today.”

The English pair of Anita North and Lesley Goddard found it difficult to hide their disappointment after such a narrow defeat.

North said: “I was more nervous than I have been for a very long time. It’s an event in which you want to do the best for your team-mate. Both of us have been in the Great Britain team for a number of years but it’s a little bit different coming along to Commonwealth Games.

The English women were very impressed by the location and its atmosphere.

“We both shoot well here. Its beauty is that you feel you’re shooting an international match every time you’re here.

The Canadian pairing of Cynthia Meyer, and 51-year-old Canadian, Susan Nattrass were delighted to add a Commonwealth bronze to their trophy cabinet.

Nattrass, who won her first World Championship in 1974, demonstrated she was still a class performer.

“This is my 34th year of international shooting. It feels good to shoot better than people my daughter’s age – but now that some competitors are getting to my granddaughter’s age, it’s a little worrying. I love this game – that’s why I’ve done it for so long – and to be able to continue to do well is probably why I stay.”

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