James aims for Tokyo

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Lo­cal cham­pion shooter James Wil­lett will now aim for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 af­ter fin­ish­ing sixth at last week’s Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games dou­ble trap event fi­nal.

Af­ter shoot­ing a to­tal of 134 from a pos­si­ble 150 to qual­ify fourth for the men’s dou­ble trap fi­nal, James un­for­tu­nately missed a cou­ple of shots in the first round of the fi­nal to be elim­i­nated first with a score of 23.

“The 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” James said.

“I would just like to thank every­one who came out to the range and watched me com­pete, the home crowd was un­be­liev­able and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all of the sup­port as I was cheered through the rounds.

“Un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t my day and I fin­ish my dou­ble trap ca­reer here at the games but con­grat­u­la­tions to all the medal­ists in the event.

“I now look for­ward to fo­cus­ing on ISSF trap as I work to­wards the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“Thank you to the sup­port from all of my friends and fam­ily who have been great sup­port to get me here and to all of my spon­sors.”

James will now head home for a lit­tle down­time be­fore he starts prepar­ing him­self for his new dis­ci­pline of trap shoot­ing.

Mean­while, Ruther­glen shooter Gaye Shale com­peted in the women’s dou­ble trap where she fin­ished sev­enth.

Mooroopna’s Emma Cox won a sil­ver medal in the same event af­ter a thrilling shootout for gold with In­dia’s Shreyasi Singh.

James Wil­lett in Com­mon­wealth Games ac­tion Photo: AAP.

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