Sykes insists more to come after AYOF bronze

17 January 2013 / 15:34

Shooter Larissa Sykes insists she is only just getting started after beginning her Australian Youth Olympic Festival campaign with a medal.

The 16-year-old took to the Sydney International Shooting Centre looking to get Britain’s medal charge going in the 50m rifle three positions event.

And she didn’t disappoint as she headed into the final Down Under ranked joint third before scoring 645.2 in the medal showdown to claim bronze outright.

Sykes held off the challenge of Malaysia’s Aina Zahiran to occupy the final step of the podium and she couldn’t have been happier with her start.

“I am really happy to have won bronze, it is one of my best results,” said Sykes. “I definitely came to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival looking to win medals so to do that is fantastic.

“Heading into the final joint third meant there was a bit of pressure on me but to come through it and picking the medal up makes it even better.

“It was a great experience and a challenge shooting on a new range with different competition so I am really happy with the result.”

Sykes’ adventure Down Under doesn’t stop there as she is in action again on Friday in the air rifle event and she is determined to build on her opening success

“Winning a bronze in the three positions was a good start as the air rifle is a better event for me,” she added.

“So I am really confident heading into that event and I am looking to improve on my bronze medal.

“This was a good start but hopefully I can pick up a silver or gold and end on a high too.”

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