Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Commonwealth Games: Calvert fires himself back into medal contention

The final day of the prestigious Queen's prize full bore shooting at the CRPF Campus, Kadarpur, looks like being a cliffhanger.

With targets pushed back another 100 yards after yesterday’s 900-yard competition, shooters face their toughest challenge yet, firing at a distance of ,1000 yards.

Comber man David Calvert showed his class on a tough day of target malfunctions at the stage three 900-yard individuals competition. He came right back into the game with 72.5 for the day. His combined total of 325.34 puts him third and within range of the gold behind leader James Corbett from Australia. Belfast’s Ross McQuillan moved up the standings to fifth place with 324.31 while the duo are in 12th place in the pairs.

There was more heartbreak in shooting for Gary Duff and Matthew Hall in the men’s pairs smallbore 50m rifle prone.

The duo thought they had won the bronze but lost out on a countback system to Australia.

This is the second time this has happened to the Northern Ireland team after Debbie Bader and Kirsty Barr where denied a medal in the same way in the women’s trap pairs last week.

“We didn’t know immediately that we’d lost the medal because on the scoreboard for at least five minutes they had us winning the bronze.

“I don’t know what was miscalculated but we lost out on the number of inner bullseyes. It’s quite gutting but again I think it’s the highest ever finish in the pairs event so that’s something,” said Duff.

The Northern Ireland cyclists will look to end the Commonwealth Games on a high today in the road time trial. The women race over a distance of 29km with Wendy Houvenaghel and Heather Wilson both very competent in the discipline.

In the men’s race four years ago in Melbourne Michael Hutchinson was fourth and David McCann fifth and both are back to try and get among the medals.

Hutchinson will be the last member of the 80 strong Northern Ireland squad into action at the Games as he didn’t compete in the track programme and fresh legs will count for a lot especially as many of his competitors will have done the road race.

McCann strongly featured throughout that event eventually finishing fifth and the time trial represents the last race at a Commonwealth Games for him.

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