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Ulster teen on target to mark Rio Olympics with team GB

By Dave Whelan

A Belfast teenager has next year's Olympics in Rio firmly in his sights after shooting his way to Archery glory.

Patrick Huston this week returned to a hero's welcome in Belfast after securing two gold medals at the World Archery Youth Championship in China.

The 17-year-old has been marked as one of Ulster's brightest prospects for the 2016 Olympics and the future.

Huston won individual gold - beating Kazakhstan's Sanzhar Mussayerby in the final - and also took top spot in mixed doubles in which he was partnered by England's Becky Martin.

The gold-medalist medalist became involved in archery as an eight-year-old at Campbell College under the guidance of Audrey Needham, a former Commonwealth longbow champion, who now helps coach other pupils.

Also arriving from the tournament draped in glory was Huston's fellow team GB colleagues Rebecca Lennon (15), from Banbridge , who won bronze, and Larne archer Jordan Mitchell (19), who was unlucky to miss out on a medal in a play-off.

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