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GBR medals at Szczecin 2014

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IPC Shooting World Cup
Szczecin, Poland – 9th-11th May 2014


The British team who made this year’s trip to Poland more than lived up to the standards set in previous years.  They achieved excellent results, finishing second in the overall medal table, behind Russia. The shooters brought home two team golds, plus two golds and a silver in the individual events.

Unfortunately, the full results for the World Cup have not been put up on the Sius on-line results service, but we are able to report on the four events in which the British medals were won.

Q = Qualification round score
F = Score in Final

R1 – 10m Air Rifle Standing Men SH1
One of the shooters who has emerged in the post-London 2012 era is Owen Burke. He was the only Briton in this match, but helped the medal tally along by winning silver.
1st Laslo Suranji – SRB   Q-615.5   F-204.5
2nd Owen Burke   Q-608.9   F-203.4
3rd Jens Frimann – DEN   Q-606.1   F-182.5

R2 – 10m Air Rifle Standing Women SH1
Di Coates, the only British competitor in this event, added another major match gold medal to the collection she has amassed over her long international career.
1st Di Coates   Q-411.9   F-201.7
2nd Veronika Vadovicova – SVK   Q-414.8   F-201.4
3rd Suzan Cevik – TUR   Q-406.1   F-181.6

R4 – 10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2
Of the four British competitors in this event, three made the final, and the fourth, Adam Fontain, missed it by 0.2pt.
1st Richard Davies   Q-629.2   F-209.0
2nd Bradley Mark – AUS   Q-631.6   F-208.7
3rd Evangelos Kakosaios - GRE   Q-624.9   F-187.2
5th Tim Jeffrey   Q-625.0   F-144.5
8th Ryan Cockbill   Q-627.1   F-81.5
9th Adam Fontain   Q-624.0
1st GBR   1880.3
Richard Davies, Ryan Cockbill, Adam Fontain
2nd AUS   1879.6
3rd GRE   1864.0

R5 – 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2
The four British shooters in this event all finished out of the individual medals, despite claiming 1st and 3rd slots in the qualifying shoot. However, they did not go away empty handed, picking up the team gold.
1st Dragan Ristic – SRB   Q-634.2   F-212.1
2nd Michael Johnson – NZL   Q-633.0   F-211.1
3rd Bradley Mark – AUS   Q-633.0   F-189.4
6th Sarah Woods   Q-634.3   F-125.8
7th Adam Fontain   Q-632.3 F-104.9
8th Tim Jeffrey   Q-635.2 F-83.6
15th Georgina Callingham   Q-627.5
1st GBR   1897.0
Tim Jeffrey, Sarah Woods, Georgina Callingham
2nd SRB   1896.2
3rd DEN   1894.0

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