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World bronze is just the start, vows Huston



Medal delight: NI ace Patrick Huston

Medal delight: NI ace Patrick Huston

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Medal delight: NI ace Patrick Huston

Northern Ireland archer Patrick Huston is confident that more special days are ahead after he helped the Great Britain team win a bronze medal at the World Cup in Turkey.

It was an outstanding result for Belfast man Huston, who along with Tom Hall and Alex Wise finished third in the recurve competition.

It was the first time a British team had made the podium in the event since 2012.

What made the achievement in Turkey all the more impressive was that 22-year-old Huston and his team-mates only qualified for the knockout stages in 14th position before going on to make it to the semi-finals, where they lost to Japan.

In the bronze medal match at the weekend, GB were underdogs against fourth seeds Malaysia but after losing the first set, Huston, Hall and Wise took command in some style to triumph 6-2.

Olympic archer Huston, renowned for wearing a flat cap during competition, said: "This trio is the start of something special.

"We have been working together a while and are starting to click. This is down to a lot of winter practice and we have got a lot more in us," added Huston, who reached the last 16 of the individual recurve competition in the second World Cup event of the season.

Rookie Wise , winning his first medal on the international stage, paid tribute to the experience of Huston and Hall when the pressure was on.

"There's nothing better than getting a result with people you've grown to love shooting with," said Wise.

"Much appreciation to my team-mates for using their experience to keep me grounded, allowing me to shoot at my best."

Belfast Telegraph