Baku 2015: Ling upbeat after solid start to qualifying

16 June 2015 / 10:01

Ed Ling believes he's in contention to push up the rankings after a solid first day in the men's trap shooting qualifying at the European Games.

London Olympian Ling, a world silver medallist last year, has been struggling with windy conditions during practice but scored 73 points to rank tenth at the halfway stage, just two points behind Russian leader Alexey Alipvov. British team-mate Bradley Davis sits back in 26th.

“I felt I shot very well, but 73 doesn't really show how I felt I shot," said Ling.

"But any time 73 is a really good score, so you take what you're given. The wind wasn't too bad. When we first arrived here it was really bad but it is not effecting anything now, so no excuses."

Two-time Olympian Charlotte Kerwood admitted disappointment with her performance in the women's trap, finishing 17th in qualification, while team-mate Abbey Ling was more upbeat with her 12th place.

"I'd like my last five targets again, because I missed two and I probably would have made the final if I didn't miss one of those," she said. "It's always one clay that decides everything."

Meanwhile, teenager Seonaid McIntosh also declared herself satisfied with an 11th place in qualifying for the women's 10m air rifle.

The 19-year old recently became the first British medallist at the European Junior Championships in 35 years and shot 414.2 to rank 11th in qualification.

“I was at the Commonwealth Games last year, which was really big and scary, but that gave me a lot of good experience for this, it's not as big and scary being here," she said.

“I was looking for good match scores and I seem to have done that, which is great. I've been at a couple of World Cups and didn't shoot very well there, so I'm happy.”

However, there was disappointment for older sister Jen McIntosh who missed qualification by just one place, finishing ninth in qualifying with 415 points.

“It's a little bit frustrating to finish ninth," she said.

“I've got one more event, so it is good to get in and get the match head on, and remember how to do it properly. So it is good preparation and a good set-up for the next match.”

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