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Australia’s right on the target

27 July 2002

A nail biting finish in the men’s trap pairs ends with Australia winning the gold on countback after tying with England.

Michael Diamond

Michael Diamond looks worried

Adam Vella and Michael Diamond come out as winners in the shooting event with England in second place and Wales winning the bronze.

Diamond said: “It was tight at the end, but our experience saw us through.”

Ian Peel, England said: “Overall I was a little disappointed. By the end I knew we were in with a chance of winning gold when the Australians missed on the last round. Unfortunately we let them back in, so I’m disappointed to get silver in the end.”

About team mate Christopher Dean, Peel said: “Chris set me up for winning gold for England. Somehow everyone remembers who won gold – no-one remembers who won silver.”

“It would’ve been my third gold at the Commonwealth Games and it would’ve been brilliant,” he added.

The Welsh shooter James Birkett-Evans is more than satisfied with his and his team mates Mike Wixey’s performance.

He said: “In a country like Wales it’s a big thing to get a bronze medal. Mike Wixey and I are really pleased with what we’ve got. We were a bit unfortunate because we were doing quite well but fell short on the last round. We were relieved to get bronze in the end.”

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