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Commonwealth Games: Carson falls off his horse, but Calvert is still aiming for a good finish

By Robert Jones

Northern Ireland gymnast Luke Carson was left fuming with himself after tumbling from the pommel horse.

The 24-year-old, whose career had been in doubt after he suffered a broken leg twice in as many years, lost composure on the apparatus, with his error costing him any hopes of a final on the horse.

Carson then spent the next 15 minutes sitting at the side of the arena with a towel covering his head.

"S***. I have no idea what happened, I have never done that in any of my routines before. It was an embarrassment, to be honest," he said.

"I just want to forget about today, although I doubt I will since I will probably receive constant tweets and videos of that moment."

In shooting, the evergreen David Calvert lies in seventh place going into the final day of competition in the full bore rifle individual. Calvert, competing in his 10th Games, has shot 252 and is two points behind a five-way tie for the lead.

However, within the tied scores, the top five are separated by the number of perfect target hits, which puts Barry Le Cheminant from Jersey in the lead with 32 perfect hits.

On the last day of shooting competition, they will complete the third and final stage, shooting at targets 900 and 1000 yards away, which will decide the Queen's prize individual champion.

In other shooting news, Gary Duff was seventh in the 50m Rifle Prone final while Samuel Kelly was 15th in qualifying.

In the women's event Claudia McClung was 18th and Louise Alken 20th. Kirsty Barr made the semi-finals of the women's trap but missed out on the final after a shoot-off and ended up sixth.

After the first day of competition in the men's trap, the Melbourne 2006 silver medalist David Beattie lies in 8th place and David Henning 21st.

After the first day of competition in the women's team event the Northern Ireland women's gymnastics team lie in 10th place.

The four girls – Nicole Mawhinney (18), India McPeak (18), Sarah Beck (17) and Ciara Roberts (16) competed on the vault and bars and with the best three scores to count they put together six solid routines with no major mistakes.

The girls will complete the competition today on the beam and floor with a top eight finish the target.

Sarah lies 25th and Nicole 26th overall with the top 24 moving on to the all-around final.

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