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Dream come true: Gareth McAuley reflects on winning Northern Ireland's second medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Gareth McAuley celebrates after securing bronze in the men's Skeet final.
Gareth McAuley celebrates after securing bronze in the men's Skeet final.
Northern Ireland's bronze medal winner Gareth McAuley (right) with winner Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus (centre) and silver medallist Ben Llewellin of Wales.
Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley clears the barrels of his shot gun during the men's skeet shooting finals.
Gareth McAuley of Northern Ireland fires during the men's Skeet final
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland star Gareth McAuley (no, not that one) says it's a 'dream come true' to win his country's second medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Bushmills man hit 45 out of his 50 targets in the men's skeet to finish third behind champion Georgios Achilleos (Cyprus) and silver medallist Ben Llewellin from Wales.

The medal adds to Rhys McClenaghan's gold, won on the pommel horse over the weekend and McAuley's hoping the momentum will keep rolling for his NI team-mates.

A few words from TeamNI’s latest medal winner. Let’s hear from Gareth McAuley. #GC2018Shooting #GoTeamNI #sharethedream

Posted by Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games on Monday, April 9, 2018

"It's unbelievable," he told the NICWG Facebook page. "I never expected to win a medal. It's beyond words - a dream come true.

"To say that you're a Commonwealth Games medallist is unreal. To wake up tomorrow morning with a medal round my neck will be unbelievable.

"That's two medals Northern Ireland have won but the more the merrier and hopefully this is the start of something special."

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Northern Ireland's bronze medal winner Gareth McAuley (right) with winner Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus (centre) and silver medallist Ben Llewellin of Wales.

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