Hot shot Joshua’s on top of the world

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Sharp shooter Joshua Bridges has been crowned Sportrap Junior World champion.

The 18-year-old clay pigeon shooter, from Foulridge, held his nerve to beat American Shawn Kemeter in a decider at Churchills Shooting Ground in Buckinghamshire.

The pair headed a packed field, with competitors from 22 countries taking part, but it was the former Ribblesdale High School pupil that pulled through.

After tieing the first shoot off, where the pair hit 25 targets, Joshua hit five of eight targets in a much tougher and faster finale while his opponent failed to strike once.

“Everyone in the world was there,” he said. “Hundreds of people from all over the world were competing. All the best shooters in the world take part and I became world junior champion at that discipline.

“It’s every competitors ambition to become the best in the world, it was certainly one of my goals, so I’m delighted to have achieved it.

“There was a lot of people watching so I just had to keep my nerve and concentration. I just had to keep looking forward so I didn’t let the pressure get to me.

“He was one of the top American juniors so he’s a good shot. I was very happy to beat him.”

But the teenager’s success didn’t stop there. The UK number one also won a gold medal in the World Sporting Fitasc event with a score of 90/100.

Joshua, who was representing England, then registered a silver medal finish on the second day of the event, tabling scores of 92/100 and 87/100.

“I’m happy with that,” he said. “I want to win it the next time I compete in it. I came third before so I’m improving all the time.”

The Ribble Valley rifler will now move on to Italy where he’ll compete for Great Britain in the World Fitasc Championships.

Ahead of his trip to Pisa, he said: “I’m proud to be representing my country. I want to become world junior champion in another discipline now.”

Joshua would like to thank his sponsors Coniston Shooting Ground, SDS Albion Engineering, Malmo Guns, R/E Ranger – York Guns, Browning International, Cheddite Cartridges and Dunbia Sawley for their continued help and support.