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Silver lining for NI ace Huston at the Euro Games

Patrick Huston
Patrick Huston

By Steven Beacom

Belfast archery star Patrick Huston claimed a silver medal at the European Games in Belarus in the mixed recurve discipline.

Competing for Great Britain in the multi-sports event, 23-year-old Huston and partner Naomi Folkard reached yesterday's final in dramatic fashion by defeating Germany in a shoot-off, but Italy proved too strong in the decider and won 5-1.

In the first set the Italian duo were just one point away from a perfect score of 40 as they triumphed 39-36. The second set was enthralling, finishing 37-37 to leave Huston and Folkard trailing 3-1. They had hoped to build on that in the third set but were disappointed to score only 30 with the Italians hitting 34 to seal victory and gold.

Even so, runners-up spot for Huston and Folkard was still a fine achievement in what has been an impressive month for the GB archery squad.

The women's squad of Folkard, Bryony Pitman and Sarah Bettles had earlier won gold in the recurve at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, overcoming hosts Belarus 6-2 in the final.

Earlier this month, both the GB women's and men's recurve teams qualified for next year's Olympics in Tokyo.

Huston was joined by Tom Hall and Alex Wise at the World Championships in the Netherlands, earning a full quota of three places for the 2020 Games.

Huston, a three-time world junior champion, competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and will relish another crack at it.

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