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Post-Rio spotlight on...shooting

 

Shooting

Post-Rio spotlight on...shooting

08 December 2016 / 15:59

Medals

Ed Ling (Bronze: Trap)

Steven Scott (Bronze: Double Trap)

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Squads

TRAP: Ed Ling

DOUBLE TRAP: Tim Kneale, Steven Scott

SKEET: Amber Hill, Elena Allen

AIR RIFLE: Jennifer McIntosh

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The Rio Recap

Team GB’s shooters have always had a tradition of winning medals at the Olympic Games, and Rio 2016 was no different as Ed Ling and Steven Scott took home bronze medals in the trap and double trap respectively.

Competing in his third Olympic Games, Ling placed fourth in the semi-finals, setting up a bronze medal contest against the Czech Republic’s David Kostelecky in which he triumphed 13-9.

In the men’s double trap bronze medal final, it was an all-Team GB affair as Steven Scott came up against compatriot Tim Kneale, with the former narrowly taking the bronze medal 30-28.

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In a mixed team of experience and youth, Olympic Games debutant Amber Hill narrowly missed out on being Team GB’s first ever female shooting medallist, losing out in the final stages of the skeet semi-final.

Three-time Olympian Elena Allen also competed in skeet but missed out on the semi-finals, while Jennifer McIntosh competed in both the 10m Rifle and the 50m Rifle Three Position events, finishing 15th and 18th respectively in qualification.

 

Did you know? When not on the shooting range, Ed Ling is a farmer, and returned home early from Rio to help out with harvest on his Somerset farm

 

Where to from here?

Following the completion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, British shooters will begin preparations for the 2017 ISSF World Cup events around the world.

The first of these kicks off in February, with India hosting the Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun World Cup, before two consecutive shotgun world cups in Mexico and Cyprus in March and April.

After that, there are further world cups in Germany and Azerbaijan, before the European Championships in Baku get underway in July, followed by the World Championships the following month in Moscow.

In 2018, Great Britain’s shooters will join many of Team GB’s Rio 2016 contingent in heading to Australia’s Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games, and will be looking to improve on the 15 medals they attained at Glasgow 2014.

 

Did you know? In 2013, Amber Hill became the sport’s youngest ever winner at the ISSF World Cup series aged just 15, setting a new junior world record along the way

Ones to watch

MEN

Ben Llewellin

While Team GB did not qualify a place for the men’s skeet at Rio 2016,  22-year old Welsh skeet shooter Ben Llewellin is one of the brightest up-and-coming talents in the sport.

Llewellin won skeet silver on his ISSF World Cup debut in May, losing out to 2000 Olympic champion, Mikola Milchev of Ukraine.

 

WOMEN

Amber Hill

Having made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 at just 18 years of age, Amber Hill is one-to-watch ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020.

A year after being awarded the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award, Hill competed for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and won World Championship gold in the skeet team event, before winning European Games gold in 2015.

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