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Patrick Huston on target for European gold and Olympic spot

By Frank Brownlow

Published 27/05/2016

Eagle eye: Patrick Huston on target at the Europeans in Nottingham
Eagle eye: Patrick Huston on target at the Europeans in Nottingham

Patrick Huston, chasing a place at the Rio Olympics, is aiming for gold at the European Archery Championships in Nottingham.

The 20-year-old from Belfast is a member of Great Britain's male recurve team - along with Larry Godfrey and Kieran Slater - that will take on Russia in Sunday's final.

Huston, seeded 37th, also has a chance of individual bronze when he goes head-to-head with 30th seed Lucas Daniel of France on Sunday to decide third and fourth place.

The East Belfast Archery Club member saw off the Italian fifth seed Mauro Nespoli, Germany's Ben Adriaensen and Poland's Pawel Marzec on his journey to the semi-finals.

Huston shot against number one seed Jean-Charles Valladont in the semi-final, the Frenchman taking the lead to win with a final score of 7:3.

Team GB successfully negotiated the qualifying rounds and are guaranteed at least silver.

The team, seeded 13th, battled back against France in their first match to win in a close shoot-off and then beat Turkey and Belgium without losing a set.

There are further medal prospects for the Great Britain squad as the two women's teams will compete for bronze medals this weekend.

The recurve team of Naomi Folkard, Amy Oliver and Bryony Pitman shoot against Germany on Sunday, while the compound team of Naomi Jones, Andrea Gales and Daisy Clark compete tomorrow against Holland.

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