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England shoots to glory

27 July 2002

In the men’s 10m air pistol-pairs competition, English shooters Michael Gault and Nicholas Baxter both stayed cool in the heat and took home another medal for England down at Bisley.

Baxter and Gault

Michael Gault and Nicholas Baxter celebrate their gold medal

Gold medallist Baxter said: “During the match it was tough – we were all suffering from the heat and when the pressure is on physically as well as psychologically, it’s even worse.”

“When the results came through and the cheer went up, we were totally elated. I’m on top of the world. We’re all pretty much the same standard, so it was mentally really tough,” he added.

Jaspal Rana and Samaresh Jung of India won the silver medal but both of them started out quite badly and never really came back into the competition.

A disappointed Rana said: “I shot the worst round of my life. I feel I let my partner down. My team mate did reasonably well. Something didn’t click – I started badly, maybe I was doing something wrong.”

Jung added: “I’m happy to have won a medal, but disappointed to have missed gold by three points. I didn’t start well – I couldn’t seem to get myself going.”

André Malherbe and Friehelm Sack of Namibia were more than pleased with their shooting, which lead them to win a bronze medal.

Malherbe said: “I was totally overwhelmed. We missed out on a medal by one place in 1998, so it’s great to finally get one.”

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