James Dedman struck silver in Men’s Double Trap at the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
After finishing the first five rounds in joint first place with Australia’s James Willett on 141, they both went on to miss four targets in the semi-final, along with Kirill Fokeev of Russia, to force a shoot-off for a place in the gold-medal match. James Dedman won this with 10 targets and faced Slovakia’s Filip Praj.
James was the first to drop a target but that was quickly followed by Filip. Nerves might have got to Britain’s hot shot as he missed four of the next six before regaining composure, but at that point it was too late and the Slovakian won 26-23.
James then went on to a Super Cup, made up of top Double Trap shooters from previous three World Cup events, and won gold. His good score in the main ISSF World Cup also led Max Jeffrey and Connor Gorsuch to finishing with the top combined score of any country.
British success for podium placements was limited but not through lack of top quality shooting, especially from Jess Moore and Nathan Hales. Each shooter came from shooting Hélice and DTL, and they put their well-rounded games into action and made it through to their respective semi-finals.
Jess finished with 10 in Women’s Trap and made it through to the bronze-medal match where Fiammetta Rossi of Italy showed calm under pressure and won 11-6. Nathan qualified first in Men’s Trap and hit the first five targets of the semi-final to be in a strong position, but he missed four out of the next six and that would be the end of his competition.