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Home Nation Double Medal In Men's Skeet
Published Monday 9 April 2018 09:24 by Craig Davies
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Skeet shooters Ben Llewellin and Gareth McAuley took silver and bronze at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.

In a final that almost had a British Shooting Shotgun Series feel to it had a total of four home nation athletes competing out of the six that shoot. 

Wales’ Llewellin and Northern Ireland’s McAuley were joined by England’s Jack Fairclough and Freddie Killander, who finished fourth and fifth respectively. 

Speaking after securing silver, Welsh shooter, Llewellin, said: “This feels fantastic. To be representing Wales at my first Commonwealth Games and then win a silver - it feels awesome. 

“It was great to have so many athletes from back home performing today, and I’d like to say well done to everybody. 

“It was also really hot out that so it was hard to keep your focus. I just took one target at a time but I got there in the end. 

Meanwhile, this was Northern Ireland McAuley’s first ever final at an international competition – and what a way to make a final debut. 

He said: “It feels unreal. I never thought I’d make the final let alone win a medal! It’s what dreams are made of. 

“I’ve never made an international final before so it was great, and I just kept plugging away, kept my focus and words can’t describe how I feel. 

“It was unbelievable to have four of the six finalists from Great Britain, it shows how powerful we are as a shotgun skeet team. It almost felt like a home shoot because there were so many familiar faces there.”

With England’s Fairclough and Killander not finishing with a medal in their hand, both are coming away with their heads held high and seeing the event as fantastic experience, although Freddy admitted it is tough to have reached a final and not won a medal. 

Killander said: “It’s a dream come true to represent your country in such a beautiful place but to make a final and not come away with a medal is really tough. The completion was great, everyone shot well and I didn’t quite have it today.”

Fairclough said: “My qualification was great, and in the final I don’t think I could have done a lot more than what I did. I see this as great experience and I will look back at this with happy memories.” 

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