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Paralympic sports - 01. August 2007.

Medals GB at Open European Shooting Championships

Britain’s top shooters have returned from the Open European Shooting Championships with four medals and several impressive performances.

The European Championships took place in conjunction with the Open Championships, which saw 16 non-European countries also take part. 

Paralympian Di Coates showed a return to form at the event, winning silver in the women’s 10m R2 air rifle SH1 for the European contest, with a score of 389 and final of 101.5 to better her bronze medal at the same event two years ago. This score saw her finish 4th in the open rankings. 

There was also a medal for Karen Butler, who took bronze in the R8 Sport  rifle, which also saw her finish 6th in the open championship rankings.

Team Manager Pasan Kularatne, said:  "It is good to see new blood coming through and performing so creditably at world class competition."

British Paralympic Association (BPA) Performance Manager for shooting said: "This European Championships has been the largest ISCD competition to date with 287 athletes from 45 nations.

“Great Britain's athletes have all performed creditably and we come home with four medals from a team of six, which includes development athletes. James Bevis performed an outstanding debut to claim 3rd place in world class competition in his R4 event."

The Open European Shooting Championships took place in Suhl, Germany from July 23 to 27. Around 287 athletes from 45 countries – including 16 non-European nations - took part in the championships, which was an opportunity for athletes to score ranking points to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

For further information about the British Paralympic Association, please contact Sian Davies in the Press Office on 0207 211 5240 or 07721 892686 or by email at [email protected]. For news updates visit the BPA website at www.paralympics.org.uk

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