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Shooter Mike vows to do better after games woe

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

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MIKE Gilligan admitted the pressure of competing at a Commonwealth Games for the first time got the better of him in Glasgow, but vowed to return stronger.

The 25-year-old shooter failed to progress out of the men's skeet qualification round, finishing down in 14th position with a total of 112 at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre.

Making his Commonwealth Games debut in Scotland, Doveridge Shooting Club's Gilligan could not help but feel downbeat about his performance as English team-mate Rory Warlow won bronze.

But Gilligan insists the experience he has gained from having to perform in an unfamiliar environment will prove to be invaluable.

"I'm quite disappointed because I haven't shot well in this competition at all," said Doveridge shooter Gilligan.

"Whether the nerves got on top of me or it was something else, I'm not sure.

"My overall performance was not good so I feel disappointed even if I will learn from it and next time be better.

"This is my first multi-sport event but I did go to Australia for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, but nothing on this scale before."

Gilligan did not begin well, missing three and four clays respectively from his opening two rounds.

He responded with 24 clays hit in round three and, despite shooting the same in round five, another four missed in round four did the damage.

Gilligan was six short of qualifying for the finals, eventual bronze medallist Warlow taking the final spot, but he still thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

"I've learnt how to get used to the environment – I've never shot in front of crowds this large so that's been quite new," he added.

"I think it got on top of me a little bit with all these people watching us shoot."

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