Silver medal for Herefordshire marksman James Bevis at the IPC Shooting European Championships in Spain (From Hereford Times)
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Silver medal for Herefordshire marksman James Bevis at the IPC Shooting European Championships in Spain
JAMES Bevis has won a silver medal at the IPC Shooting European Championships in Spain - and now feels he can sit comfortably at the top table.
The Hereford ace finished runner-up for Great Britain in the R4 SH2 class 10m air-rifle standing event in Alicante.
Bevis finished fourth - narrowly missing out on bronze - in his maiden R9 .22 50m-outdoor competition.
He also finished fourth in the R5 10m air-rifle prone SH2.
“I got a medal in an event I did not expect to and I went close to a medal in the other two events - I am delighted,” he said.
“It was a great week and I am now, finally, starting to realise that I am successful in the sport and I can perform on the World stage.
“I won a bronze medal in the prone at the European Championships in 2007, a bronze medal at London 2012 and now a silver medal.
“I couldn’t wait to put myself through the mental challenges again.”
Bevis, who now lives in Devon, was pleased with his maiden competition in R9 .22 50m outdoor event.
“My new gun felt amazing and I put my 100 per cent into each shot and managed to get fourth,” he said. “I was in the medals until the end and, agonisingly, I missed out by just a couple of shots.”
Bevis led the R5 indoor prone event after the opening eight shots. But he said: “I then had two low shots and I could not claw them back because the margin for error is tiny.”
Bevis tasted success 12 months ago, winning a bronze medal in the mixed R5 10m air rifle prone SH2 at London 2012.
He added: “I have worked hard and I realise that I deserve to be up there with the leading shooters. The best shooters keep their composure when it really matters.”
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