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Huston is on target for Rio after getting Team GB call for Euros

By Frank Brownlow

Published 19/05/2016

Patrick Huston aims to boost his Olympic hopes after being named in the Archery GB team for the European Championships in Nottingham.

The 20-year-old from Belfast is one of the sport's rising stars, recently winning the recurve men's gold medal at the Marrakesh World Cup, and is named in the six-strong recurve archery team.

A member of East Belfast Archery Club, Huston won two gold medals - in the individual and team events - at the Youth World Championships in China in 2013.

Last year he broke the World Archery 1440 70-metre record at the Archery GB National Series in Exmouth and has competed at numerous World Cups and European tournaments.

He is joined in the GB team by triple Olympian Larry Godfrey, promising youngster Kieran Slater, Olympians Amy Oliver and Naomi Folkard, as well as Bryony Pitman, who competed at the Youth Olympic Games in 2014.

The athletes will be hoping to achieve Rio qualification places as well as making the team and individual head-to-head finals.

David Tillotson, Performance Director at Archery GB, said: "To have a home European Championship as well as the Olympic Games in the same year is a very exciting prospect for the team.

"Our men's recurve team reached the bronze medal match at the World Cup in Shanghai at the beginning of the month and, along with promising medal performances recently in Antalya and Slovenia, we're hoping to build further on this success."

The European Championships start on Monday and run for a week.

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