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TEAM NI: Seventh place for Gary Duff in shooting

50m Pistol Men final

50m Pistol Men final

Chelsea fan Ken Parr showed Fernando Torres how to shoot when he won bronze for England in the 50m rifle prone.

The 25-year-old from Croydon, a double silver medallist at Delhi four years ago, clinched his third Commonwealth Games medal at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Dundee.

Unlike misfiring Blues striker Torres, Parr knew where the target was as he fired in two maximum 10.9s, as well as a nerveless 10.4 with his 12th shot to avoid elimination and a fourth-placed finish.

Now Parr is hoping a little bit of his success will rub off on the Spaniard.

“I love Fernando - he’s one of my favourite players,” Parr told Press Association Sport.

“I loved him at Atletico Madrid - he was a great signing and I’m hoping for some great performances from him this season.”

Parr hugged his father, a double shooting bronze medallist himself in 1998, upon realising he had made the podium.

“He was great,” Parr added. “But the trouble is he said he was going to buy me a new gun - I was going to get a new one next year - but now obviously he says I don’t need a new one after a performance like that.”

Parr’s two silvers in Delhi came in different disciplines so he was delighted to add a prone medal to his collection.

And there could yet be more to come, as he goes in the three positions event on Tuesday morning.

“This is right up there,” he said. “Prone is a strange event for me, really. I probably had most of my success in this event, but I wouldn’t say it was my strongest.

“But to qualify in second was a great buzz and in the final any one of those eight guys could have won. I put myself in the mix and came out with a medal.

“Tomorrow we’ll see how qualifying goes, and then in the final anything goes, but I hope to put in another performance like this.”

The gold went to Warren Potent of Australia, with Gagan Narang of India taking silver.

Gary Duff of Northern Ireland was seventh and Scot Neil Stirton eighth.

 

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