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Wales take their first gold at Bisley

30 July 2002

The Welsh shooters in the Womens 50m Rifle Prone Pairs took the first gold for their country. Scotland and England took silver and bronze.

Ceri Dallimore and Johanne Brekke

Welsh victors Ceri Dallimore and Johanne Brekke

An ecstatic Ceri Dallimore said of her 1175 win: “Even though we were expected to win, I’m still shocked. It all came down to the last shot and I’m glad I took my time over it. I never knew it was so close, you can never speak too soon.”

Team mate Johanne Brekke said: “It’s the culmination of everything I’ve been working for. It’s certainly the hardest medal I’ve ever had to win. It needed a lot of hard work from a lot of people.”

“It’ll be goosebumps time when they play ‘Land of my Fathers’”

Silver medallist Susan Jackson of Scotland was close behind with a score of 1174 saying it was, “better than expected, there’s not much room for error. I was confident, but it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

On preparing for the competition her team mate Sheena Sharp said: “There has to be a high level of commitment and a lot of time training. We’re delighted for our sponsors and bosses for the support and time off they’ve given us.”

England’s Helen Vincent and Linda Smallbone were happy taking the bronze with a score of 1167. Vincent said: “I’m very, very happy, I’ve been working for years towards this. I wasn’t going well at the start, but I had to dig deep to get into the zone.”

“I’ve been trying to think that this is just another competition, but it’s difficult. The pressure was really on.”

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