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Happy birthday Granny: Commonwealth Games medallist Kirsty Barr delighted to deliver perfect present

Northern Ireland's silver medallist Kirsty Barr celebrates
Northern Ireland's silver medallist Kirsty Barr celebrates
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

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 while speaking to BBC. "It's her birthday tomorrow - Happy birthday Granny!"

She began the qualification 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.

Kirsty 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?" she said, gazing at the silver medal draped round her neck.

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