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Patrick Huston hits superb medal double on road to Rio

By Frank Brownlow

Patrick Huston, who qualified for the Rio Olympics on Friday, has captured silver and bronze medals at the European Archery Championships in Nottingham.

The Belfast archer - along with Larry Godrey and Kieran Slater - helped Team GB to the silver medal in the recurve, while also collecting individual recurve bronze.

Team GB were agonisingly edged out by Russia in a thrilling recurve team final yesterday.

After that, Huston added to his achievements as he clinched the individual bronze medal.

The 20-year-old quickly got the crowd behind him and opened with a 9, 10, 10 to take the first set against Frenchman Lucas Daniel.

Patrick continued his recent form and won the match with a final score of 6:2.

The gold medal went to Jean-Charles Valladont of France, who beat off fierce competition from 16-year-old Mete Gazoz of Turkey, winning 6:4.

The two medal wins top off a superb week for Huston, who achieved a quota place for the Rio Olympics after competing at the Continental Qualifying Tournament on Friday.

In the recurve team final, the Russians took an early lead, but the British team bagged the next two sets before their rivals came back to tie at 4-4.

A tense shoot-off saw Russia take the gold by the narrowest of margins.

Neil Armitage, CEO of Archery GB, said: "We are extremely proud to host this year's European Championship. The event has been hugely successful, not only for the archery community but also for Nottingham and the UK.

"This is a particularly exciting year for our elite archers, with the Championship taking place on home soil and with the Olympic Games fast approaching, so we are very proud of how well the team have done in achieving two medals today and how hard they have worked throughout the tournament."

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