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Huston delighted after hitting his target of reaching the Rio Olympics

By Frank Brownlow

Published 28/05/2016

Going to Games: Patrick Huston
Going to Games: Patrick Huston

Patrick Huston was "overwhelmed" after achieving his aim of a place at the Olympics.

The Belfast archer will go to Rio with Team GB courtesy of his third place at the European Championships in Nottingham yesterday.

The 20-year-old had to battle through qualifying and five rounds to reach the last four.

He lost in the semi-finals, but with three Rio places up for grabs Huston held his nerve in the play-off, scoring a maximum '10' with his final arrow to beat Serbia's Luka Popovic.

Huston was defeated in the semi-finals by eventual winner Mete Gazoz of Turkey.

"I'm overwhelmed to have qualified," said Huston, a member of East Belfast Archery Club.

"Having heard the crowd this close to you, that many people all cheering for Great Britain, clapping, hearing them shouting my name, was such an amazing feeling.

"Yes, I was nervous and the shots weren't as good as I would have liked.

"But I won the match, won the place, and that's all that matters."

Huston can still win European gold with Great Britain's recurve team.

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