The first event of the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint was held in Suhl, Germany over the weekend. This the first event of three, along with the this weekend being the Netherlands Open and the British Open in October.
The whole GB team put in some fantastic performances across the board, with 12 personal bests between them and 4 new British Records. But the two shining stars of the event from a GB perspective were Emily Shawyer and Morten Van Der Schee who won bronze medals in their respective Junior Individual categories.
Martin Beard, Head GB Target Sprint Coach said; “The Junior Women’s race had me and all the spectators on the edge of our seats as Poppy Clark, Katie Robbins and Emily Shawyer came into the shooting range for the second and final time neck and neck, all only a few seconds behind the leader in second place. It was only minor errors at that shooting stage and the athlete that could hold their nerve that separated them and the eventual gold and silver medallist, as they all left the shooting range for the final 400m running loop only seconds apart.”
Morten Van Der Schee commented: “My experience in Germany was amazing. Winning the Bronze Medal was mind blowing and I never expected that I would get a Medal having only been training properly for Target Sprint for 6 Months.”
The Target Sprint course was again in the heart of the Suhl town centre, which saw the shooting range taking centre stage attracting many spectators and with the running course winding through the town.
Sunday saw the Mixed Pairs event taking place under local German Rules as opposed to ISSF official Rules. It provided a very entertaining, exhilarating competition as seniors, juniors, men and women all competed together.
Amongst a very strong field of international athletes, the top GB performance came from James Baxter and Emily Shawyer. Both of whom are Juniors, yet crossed the line in a very creditable 5th position.
Congratulations to the whole GB Team and good luck this coming weekend.
Bronze Medal – Morten Van Der Schee – New British Record
8th – James Baxter
9th – Isaac Sneddon Jenkins
10th – Isaac Steele
11th – Arno Turner
Bronze Medal – Emily Shawyer – New British Record
4th – Katie Robbins
5th – Poppy Clark
4th – Rachel McManus – New British Record
8th – Bethany Keenan
10th – Oliver Vass – New British Record
11th – Anthony Glover
5th – Emily Shawyer & James Baxter
9th – Katie Robbins & Arno Turner
11th – Rachel McManus & Oliver Vass
12th – Poppy Clark & Morten Van Der Schee
Event Photos: https://www.issf-sports.org/news_multimedia/photo.ashx