Olympic24: Huston strikes gold, Gibbons bags bronze

Olympic24: Huston strikes gold, Gibbons bags bronze

23 November 2015 / 08:04

Archer Patrick Huston claims his first World Cup gold medal in Marrakech while Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons picks up bronze at judo’s Qingdao Grand Prix in China. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Patrick Huston tops the pile at stage one of the 2015-2016 Indoor Archery World Cup circuit in Marrakech, Morroco.
  • Scotland's curlers continue their campaigns at the European Championships​
  • Gemma Gibbons adds valuable Rio qualification points after bronze in China
  • Fifth for Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth at the 49erFX World Championships
  • Rajiv Ouseph misses out on Scottish Open title

Huston takes archery World Cup gold

Patrick Huston

Patrick Huston crossed off an early target for the season after claiming his first World Cup gold at stage one of the 2015-2016 Indoor Archery World Cup circuit in Marrakech, Morocco.

The 19-year-old beat 2014 champion Matteo Fissore of Italy 6-4 in the recurve final.

He had equalled his personal best score of 588 in qualifying for the knockout stages.

And he kept that up in the final, putting nine straight arrows in the 10, to secure gold.

“Medalling at an Indoor World Cup was on my list for the year. I’ve crossed that out at the first tournament,” he said.

Mixed fortunes for Scottish curlers


Eve Muirhead’s Scotland were unable to make it two wins out of two on Sunday at the European Curling Championships after they narrowly lost out to Russia in the evening session.

An 8-1 win over Finland earlier in the day had left the Scots in high spirits but they went down 7-6 to table toppers Russia on the last stone on Sunday.

“It was one of those games that just seemed never be on our side,” said Muirhead, whose rink play Hungary on Monday.

 It came down to the last stone, and these are the games that you really want to win.  

“There’s still a long, long way to go, but we need to step it up for the rest of our games.”

Elsewhere Kyle Smith and his Scotland male team lost 9-6 to Sweden in their third fixture.

Bronze for Gibbons in China


Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons bagged herself valuable qualification points for Rio after taking home a well-earned bronze from the Qingdao Grand Prix in China.

The -78kg judoka got off to a good start by beating Spain’s Marta Tort Merino in her opening contest although she then lost out to former world champion Kyong Sol.

This put her in the repechage where a single shido was enough to see off Anastasiya Dmitrieva while victory over fellow Russian Alena Kachorovskaya guaranteed her bronze and 120 ranking points.

Dobson and Ainsworth miss out on medal at World Champs


Charlotte Dobson has already turned her attentions towards Rio 2016 after she and Sophie Ainsworth finished fifth in the 49erFX World Championships in San Isidro in Argentina.

The British pair moved up two spots from last year’s seventh place finish, and while they were disappointed to miss out on a medal, Dobson feels it was a fair reflection of their current standing.

"We're a little bit disappointed not to have been able to move up into the medals, but to be honest I think fifth place pretty much reflects where we feel we are right now in the fleet. And actually we're pretty happy with that,” said Dobson.

"It will be really exciting to see what we can do as a team from here on in.”

Elsewhere John Pink and Stuart Bithell managed sixth overall in the 49er World Championship regatta, the same result they had achieved a year ago.

Ouseph, Ellis and Mills fall short at Scottish Open

England’s number one badminton singles player Rajiv Ouseph was unable to get his hands on a third Scottish Open title after being thwarted by Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in Sunday’s final.

Ouseph, winner in 2008 and 2011, rallied mid-match but eventually lost out to Denmark’s top seed 21-19, 11-21, 21-16 in Glasgow.

Andy Ellis and Peter Mills were also denied their first title since May’s Finnish Open when they lost 21-15. 21-18 to Germany’s Michael Fuchs and Johannes Schoettler.

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