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Rifle Team Full Of Confidence
Published Wednesday 3 May 2017 10:22 by Craig Davies
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There were some fantastic scores from the GB rifle athletes at the IWK Berlin over the weekend.

The results will breed confidence through the squad ahead of a month of international competition, starting with the Plzen GP Liberation in Czech Republic next week. 

The stand out performances were from Dave Binney, Dean Bale and Katie Gleeson, who all impressed in their respective discipline.

British Shooting's World Class Programme athlete, Ken Parr, was also on great form and despite not winning a medal, he managed to make the final in both 50m Rifle 3x40 and 50m Rifle Prone, ranking 8th and 6th in the respective events. Had he not have been shooting indoors, Parr's score would have been a new GB record. 

Dean opened the winning proceedings with a Bronze medal in Junior Air Rifle.

And it was in 50m Rifle Prone that Dave Binney came into his own, finishing with a bronze medal in the final after scoring 627.5 5/71 in the qualification. Ken Bowley also reached the final and finished 7th. 

In the Junior 50m Rifle Prone, Dean Bale finished with a silver medal to his name against some strong competition. That performance was matched by his female counterpart Katie Gleeson, who also won silver in the 50m Rifle Prone - and only missed out on gold due to countback. Her score, was two points up on the current GB record, but didn't count as it was shot indoors. 

Not happy to settle for just one fantastic performance, Gleeson went into Sunday's 50m Rifle 3P wanting more - but despite qualifying for the final, a second medal just wasn't to be after she finished 5th overall. 

A total of 16 athletes representing GB in Berlin, with some representing their home countries - who show their athletes fantastic support.

Full results/ performances below:
 
Wednesday 26th April
 
50m Rifle 3 x 40 Juniors
 
Dean Bale 1149, 5th / 16
Richard Lay 611.0 10 / 16
 
10m AR Men
 
Mike Bargeron 594.3 43 / 44
Stuart Hill 579.5 44 / 44 (Army)
 
Thursday 27th April
 
10m AR Junior Men
 
Dean Bale 616.1 3rd / 18
Richard Lay 609.7 10 / 18
 
50m Rifle 3 x 40 Men
 
Ken Parr 1171 4 / 29 + 8th in Final
Neil Stirton 1153 13 / 29
Mike Bargeron 1135 22 / 29
 
Friday 28th April
 
10m Air Rifle Women
 
Katie Gleeson 411.2 22 / 50
 
50m Rifle Prone Junior Men
 
Dean Bale 621.1 2nd / 13
Richard Lay 611.0 10 / 13
 
50m Rifle Prone Men
 
Ken Parr 627.6  4 / 71 + 6th in Final
David Binney 627.5 5 / 71 + 3rd in Final
Ken Bowley 627.3 6 / 71+ 7th in Final
Neil Stirton 624.2 12/71
Mike Bargeron 622.0 15 / 71Jon Andrews 619.6 21 / 71
Stuart Hill 617.1 29 / 71 (Army)
 
Saturday 29th April
 
50m Rifle Prone Women
 
Katie Gleeson 626.1 2nd on countback
Lina Jones 621.6 6 / 45
Fiona Crowden 615.5 21 / 45
 
Sunday 30th April
 
50m Rifle 3P Women

Katie Gleeson 583 6 / 40 + 5th in Final
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