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Teignmouth shooter wins Paralympic bronze

By Amsport  |  Posted: September 02, 2012

James Bevis

James Bevis

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Teignmouth's James Bevis won Paralympic Games bronze in a dramatic finish to the shooting competition at Royal Artillery Barracks.

Bevis was competing in his second Paralympics, having finished 19th in his two events in Beijing four years ago.

But in front of his family and friends, with the home crowd willing him on, the 36-year-old found top form.

Competing in the SH2 10m Air Rifle Prone event, Bevis only squeezed into the final as the eighth and final qualifier.

But he shot well in the final, and finished equal second with France's Raphael Voltz on a mark of 10.59.

The pair had to shoot off to decide silver and bronze, with Voltz pipping Bevis by 10.5 to 10.4.

Ukraine's Vasyl Kovalchuk won gold, shooting 106.4 in the final.

Bevis, who won gold at last year's IPC Shooting World Cup meetings in Poland and Australia, said: "I was really up for it, but in the end I'm relieved to be honest.

"Everything has gone to plan this week.

"I've been shooting world records in training and so when the pressure was on, I knew I could do it."

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