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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.

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