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Amanda’s Olympic bid in the balance

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South Tyneside skiing star Amanda Lightfoot faces an anxious wait to see if her Olympic quest will be extended.

The former St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School took part in the gruelling 7.5km sprint biathlon competition this afternoon.

The event combines cross country skiing skills with shooting prowess, testing mind and body under extreme pressure.

Amanda needs to secure a top 60 performance to a place in Tuesday’s 10km pursuit, where she will have to take aim in four bouts of shooting as well as complete a longer course.

She came home in 24 minutes and 48.9 seconds - missing three shots in the shooting portion of the event.

She is outside of the top 40, with the race due to finish in next half hour.

The talented 27-year-old will complete her Winter Olympic dream with in the 15km individual race on Friday.

Amanda, who only took up the unique sport while serving with the army in iraq, has been making the most of her Russian adventure.

She tweeted after Friday’s Opening Ceremony: “Wow!!! What an opening ceremony and the best moment of my life so far.

“Walking on that stage in front of thousands of people .

“So proud to be representing Team GB !!!”

Keep checking the Gazette website for updates on Amanda’s progress.

A full report will be in Monday’s Shields Gazette.

 
 
 

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