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Mike Gilligan endures tough day at Commonwealth Games

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: July 25, 2014


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From James Toney in Glasgow

DOVERIDGE Shooting Club's Mike Gilligan suffered a tough day on the range at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 25-year old is making his debut at the event in Scotland but nerves clearly got the better of him at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre

He was well off his best in qualifying for the skeet competition, ranking 14th ahead of today's concluding rounds.

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Three-time Commonwealth champion and former world medallist Georgios Achilleos is favourite here and duly produced a near flawless qualifying performance to remain on course to beat his Games record.

But Gilligan's England team-mate Rory Warlow is right in the mix in fourth place, just two points behind Scotland's Drew Christie and Australia's Paul Adams.

Gilligan underlined his promise winning a World Cup silver in Acapulco last year and forced his way in the Commonwealth Games training squad last October.

He was supported by an eight-strong cheering squad in Glasgow, including grandmother Glenis Woodhouse.

Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of the Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We work with sports, Sponsors and Sport England to support the development of athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.

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