There were mixed medal fortunes for Kent women in action on day two of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Shooting star Sarah Gray from Woodchurch, near Ashford, was involved in some of the most dramatic moments of the Games thus far as she aimed to progress through the qualification round of the skeet at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre at Carnoustie this morning.
After three rounds of 25 shots the British number four could not be separated from England teammate Amber Hill and Cypriot Panagiota Andreou, forcing a three-way shootout for one place in the semi-finals.
Andreou missed her fifth of 10 clays to leave the two teammates to battle it out, with Gray holding her nerve to record a perfect 10 and progress to the semi-final, with Hill missing her ninth clay.
Gray was involved in another shoot-off after finishing joint-second of six in the semi-final, missing her first clay in a battle with Wales' World bronze medallist Elena Allen to lose on sudden death, leaving Gray to face Cyprus' Andri Eleftherious for bronze.
Both players were locked at six successful shots out of eight at the mid-way point, but a double-miss proved costly for Gray, and despite nailing her final four targets, she lost by a single shot to finish fourth.
Gray said: "Everyone wants a medal but I’m thrilled with how I performed. It’s my first Commonwealth Games, my first major event shooting with a big crowd.
“I was as nervous as anything in my first round in the morning so to make the final and to shoot that well – I’m just really pleased.”
There was however more joy for Tonbridge judo star Katie Jemima Yeats-Brown who overcame the disappointment of a quarter-final defeat to recover with two wins to claim a bronze medal.
This morning Canterbury-born bowler Sian Gordon secured a second straight win as skip of the England Fours side.
The former Whitstable BC player – whose married name is Honnor – was in the team which beat Norfolk Island 22-7, having helped England open their group campaign with a 21-11 win over Canada on Thursday.
England face South Africa in their third game at 11.45am on Saturday, with the quarter-finals to follow that evening and the medal matches on Sunday.
Canterbury Ladies Hockey Club duo Nikki Kidd and Nikki Lloyd were in action for the host nation when they began their campaign with a 2-0 win against Malaysia, while Canterbury's new signing Dirkie Chamberlain scored and Holcombe star Shelley Russell impressed for South Africa in a 2-0 win against Canada.
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