Coward-Holley secures Tokyo 2020 quota place for Team GB

Coward-Holley secures Tokyo 2020 quota place for Team GB

16 May 2019 / 13:01
Shooter Matt Coward-Holley secured a 24th quota place for Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games but admits the magnitude of his achievement is yet to sink in.

Coward-Holley won a trap silver medal at the ISSF Changwon World Cup to notch a third shooting quota place at Tokyo, alongside the six spots in equestrian and 15 in sailing that have already been secured by British athletes.

After shooting an equal British record of 124/125 to qualify top, the 24-year-old from Chelmsford was then part of a dramatic final.

He and Cyprus's Andreas Makri finished level atop the standings on 45 points as the contest went to a sudden death shoot-off and after Coward-Holley missed his sixth shot, the Cypriot claimed gold.

But that last-gasp disappointment wasn't enough to dampen his enthusiasm about the impressive result.

"I don't think it's quite sunk in yet," admitted Coward-Holley. "I'm over the moon to have the quota place in the bag, it's a big thing.

"I got off to an extremely good start, I hit my first 20 straight and I only missed a couple towards the end, so that gave me the advantage going through. It allowed me relax a bit knowing I'd missed a few less than everyone else to start with.

"I've been shooting very well over the last three or four months and I think this is just the culmination of all the hard work that me and my team have put in. It's nice to have some reward at the end of it."