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Barr's silver lining is memorable birthday gift for her grandmother

By Will Jackson

Northern Ireland shooter Kirsty Barr's silver medal at the Commonwealth Games was a timely present for her grandmother.

Barr came through a tough final battle against some of the world's best to secure second place in the women's trap - and all just in time to help spark some big celebrations back home in Craigavon.

"Can I say happy birthday to my granny?" Barr laughed. "It's her birthday tomorrow - happy birthday granny!"

She began by shooting a maximum 25 in round one and bounced back from a disappointing 21 in round two to score 23 in the final round and qualify joint-first on a score of 69.

Barr proved it was no fluke with a thrilling final display, pipped only by Australian Laetisha Scanlan by a single shot.

"I'm over the moon," she beamed with an infectious smile. "It's been brilliant. I never expected to come away with a silver medal so I'm totally chuffed.

"It was nerve-wracking - absolutely horrendous. But the feeling at the end definitely made it worthwhile. A silver medal, who'd have thought?"

Wales' Sarah Wixey took bronze while England's Abbey Ling was fourth.

Barr finished the trap final on 37 points, one behind Scanlan in the final series, as both survived four eliminations to reach the final round.

The Craigavon shooter hit 69 of a possible 75 targets to finish in a tie for first place after the qualifying round and she continued that form in the final, which featured a field of just six competitors.

Barr and Scanlan were the last two shooters left in the contest after 40 targets and the pair drew level with just one shot remaining after Scanlan missed back-to-back targets with her 48th and 49th efforts.

The final went down to the final target for both shooters but Barr missed her last shot, leaving Scanlan to claim a dramatic gold.

In the men's trap competition, David Henning is in 13th place after the first day of qualifying with the final day of competition today.

Wrestler Sarah McDaid missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the 57kg freestyle after losing two of her group stage bouts.

The 27-year-old lost her opening contest to the World No.2 Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria but needed just 20 seconds to win her second fight against Noellancia Genave of Mauritius, which was Northern Ireland's first wrestling win in 40 years.

It meant that a victory in her third and final group bout would secure a semi-final spot but McDaid was well beaten by Cameroon's Joseph Essombe Tiako.

An emotional McDaid said: "The Nigerian was No.2 in the world and Commonwealth champion so it was always going to be tough. My goal was to beat the Mauritian and Cameroonian but she overpowered me.

"I'm going to come back and get a medal."

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