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Patrick Huston faces battle for bronze at European Archery Championships

Published 26/05/2016

Great Britain's Patrick Huston has reached two medal finals at the European Archery Championships in Nottingham
Great Britain's Patrick Huston has reached two medal finals at the European Archery Championships in Nottingham

Great Britain's Patrick Huston was beaten in the semi-finals of the European Archery Championships by Jean-Charles Valladont but will get the chance to contest the bronze medal match on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Rio Olympic hopeful from Belfast delighted the Nottingham crowd as he advanced through the competition, and in the third round recorded a straight-set win over Italian Mauro Nespoli, who was a team gold medallist from London 2012.

Huston, though, could not get the better of Valladont, the top-seeded recurve man in the competition, as the French archer progressed from their semi-final 7-3 and will meet 16-year-old Mete Gazoz of Turkey in the gold medal match.

Huston will also return to Old Market Square, when he will be up against Lucas Daniel from France in the battle for bronze.

Earlier on Sunday, Huston is set to be part of the Great Britain recurve men's team along with three-time Olympian Larry Godfrey and Kieran Slater in their gold medal match against Russia.

Both of the British women's compound and recurve teams also compete in finals matches this weekend.

Naomi Jones, Andrea Gales and Daisy Clark will take on the Netherlands in Saturday's opening compound match, while on Sunday morning, Naomi Folkard, Amy Oliver and Bryony Pitman, who beat world champions Russia in the quarter-finals, will face second seeds Germany for the recurve team bronze.

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