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Ipswich pair Nicky Hunt and Michael Peart through to next stage of Olympic qualifying

PUBLISHED: 10:43 02 April 2012

Nicky Hunt and Michael Peart

Nicky Hunt and Michael Peart

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IPSWICH-based duo Michael Peart and Nicky Hunt have both secured their places in the second round of qualifying for the Olympic Games.

Hunt will join veteran Alison Williamson, who has been to five previous Olympic Games, Amy Oliver, Naomi Folkard, Beccy Martin and Charlotte Burgess in two weekends’ time when two men and two women will be eliminated.

Sunday’s selection shoot saw the number whittled down from 17 to 12 with Peart finishing third in the men’s section on 2,616, behind winner, Larry Godfrey and Lincolnshire’s Simon Terry.

Peart finished six points ahead of Alan Wills, with Rob Hallworth and Andrew Randall the other two shooters to advance as Jon Shales, Sean Evans, Tom Barber and Mark Nesbitt fell by the wayside.

Archery GB performance director Sara Symington said: “It was a very tense, competitive, dramatic weekend, as you’d expect. There were some fantastic performances, some thrilling sub-plots, and for 12 archers the dream lives on.”

The top three men and the top three women will compete at the three-day final shoot from April 19-21 will then compete at Lord’s at this summer’s Olympics.

There are plenty of reasons to be positive heading into Ipswich Town’s clash with Hull City.

Ipswich Town take on Hull City, at The KC Stadium, in a Championship match this afternoon (3pm). Here’s all you need to know.

Hull boss Leonid Slutsky is expecting Ipswich Town to provide his side with a ‘direct’ examination when they clash at the KC Stadium.

Ipswich Town defender Jordan Spence on a number of issues heading into the Blues’ Championship visit to Hull.

Chief football writer Stuart Watson and Ipswich Town reporter Andy Warren discuss all the goings on at Portman Road ahead of the weekend trip to Hull.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes his team have the character and quality to deal with the major acid test ahead.

Hollywood star Idris Elba has got Ipswich Town fans talking after he was pictured holding a pair of teddybears featuring the club badge.

Jordan Spence is happy to use his versatility to help Ipswich Town wherever he is needed.

Ipswich Town return to Championship action with a game at Hull City tomorrow. STUART WATSON previews the match.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed he will definitely be recalling League One goal machine Kieffer Moore from his loan spell at Rotherham in the new year – but has not ruled out selling him for ‘bonkers’ money.

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