England take honours at Airgun Championships

India Commonwealth GamesIn a British Airgun Championships populated as ever by the biggest names in the UK sport and beyond, it was England who came out on top in the Home International.

Led by Kenny Parr’s 595 ex600 (right), England shot a total of 1,756, ahead of Wales on 1,746 and Scotland on 1,732.

England also took the women’s Home Countries, but it was Wales who triumphed in the junior event, helped on by Mike Bamsey’s 583.

The individual results were dominated to an extent by one Niccolo Campriani, who is studying for a degree at Sheffield Hallam University and now competes for Hallamshire in UK competition.

The Olympic air rifle silver medallist (and three-position rifle gold medallist) shot a 702.9 to take the men’s open championship, pushing Kenny Parr into second.

In the women’s open championship, Sharon Lee held off close competition from Jenny Corish and Jen McIntosh to take top spot.

Campriani was also at the top of the standings in the aggregate and the universities championship thanks to his 599 ex600 score. This also helped his Yorkshire and Hallamshire teams to the top spot in the county and club competitions.

In the air pistol events, England was on top all round, with the English teams winning the home countries as well as the women’s and junior counterparts.

In the individual events, top pistol shooters such as Mick Gault, Nick Baxter, Victoria Mullin, Kristian Callaghan and Adrian Syms tended to trade honours.

It was Syms who took the men’s open championship, with Callaghan triumphing in the junior championship.

Gault was on top in the overall aggregate, but Callaghan’s Centurion team (completed by Victoria Mullin and Paul Leatherdale) got revenge by beating Gault’s Norwich team in the club competition.

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