Shotgun World Championships: GB's Elena Allen wins bronze

Elena Allen

British skeet shooter Elena Allen won bronze on the second day of the Shotgun World Championships in Peru.

Allen, 41, finished behind Germany's Christine Wenzel - who claimed her fourth world title - and Italy's Simona Scocchetti, who lost by 15 hits to 12.

Briton Amber Hill, in her first Worlds appearance at the age of 16, came fifth having led the event after qualifying.

The combined scores of Allen, Hill and team-mate Pinky Le Grelle gave the GB trio silver in the team event.

Hill's qualifying score of 74, added to Allen's 72 and Le Grelle's 66, placed Britain on 212 - behind team champions Italy's 215.

Allen, who was eliminated in the qualifying rounds at last year's London Olympics after finishing 14th with a score of 60 points, won the medal match by overcoming Russia's Olga Panarina by 12 to 11 hits, adding to her World Championship bronze at Lahti in 2002.

Hill and Italy's Diana Bacosi had equalled the world record of 74 hits during qualification and the British teenager edged fifth place by scoring 12 hits to Bacosi's 11.

British Shooting performance manager Tim Newenham said: "What great performances in the women's skeet event by the GB girls.

"For Elena to win bronze is testament to her competitiveness and with Amber Hill aged just 16, finishing fifth in the final, the future looks very positive."

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