Feature: How Did They Do It?

Six of our finest shooters will be representing Team GB next summer at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

British Shooting takes a look at how they have negotiated their way through some tough qualifying rounds to secure their place in Rio for the chance to win a gold medal at the biggest sporting event in the world.

Ed Ling

Ling secured the first Rio quota place for Team GB after winning a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Granada last year.

The trap shooter was just one clay away from equalling the world record of hitting 125 clays as he eased through to the final.

He kept his form through to the final where he shot 14/15 to qualify for the Gold/Silver medal match.

Ling and Erik Varga shot a score of 12/15 meant that it would go to a shoot-off where the Brit’s score of 4/5 was not enough to win as the Slovakian scored 5/5.

Elena Allen

The experienced skeet shooter also won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Granada to gain a quota place for Team GB.

Allen progressed to the Gold/Silver match with a score of 15/16.

Her score of 13/16 was just beaten by Brandy Drozd who shot 14/16

Amber Hill

The Skeet World Champion added a third quota place for Team GB as she became the European Games Skeet Champion in Baku this year.

After breaking an impressive 73 clays in qualifying, Hill produced a perfect 16/16 in the semi-finals.

Before the final, the quota place was assured for Team GB because Diana Bacosi who also reached the final had previously gained a quota place in a previous event.

The 18 year old emerged victorious in a 30 clay shoot-off after both shooters missed just one of their initial Gold medal match targets.

Jennifer McIntosh

McIntosh will become the first female rifle shooter to represent Team GB at a non-home Olympic Games since Sarah Cooper in 1988.

She secured her place after finishing fourth in the 3×20 final at the European Championships in Maribor.

McIntosh shot a total of 588.28 (99, 99, 100, 99, 95, 96) in the qualifying rounds.

It was a great achievement for the Scot who came very close to winning a quota earlier in the year.

Steve Scott

The two-time Double Trap champion secured a quota place after winning a silver medal at the Gabala World Cup.

Scott shot an impressive 143 in the qualifying rounds to progress to the semi-finals where he shot a flawless 30/30.

In the final Walton Eller who had already secured a quota place for USA shot a perfect 30/30 whilst Scott shot 26/30.

Tim Kneale

The Double Trap world record holder will make his Olympic debut after winning a quota place with a silver medal at the Lonato World Championships.

Kneale finished top of the qualifying leaderboard after shooting a total of 142 and finished in second place in the semi-finals.

He missed out on becoming the World Champion after his score of 26/30 was no match for Vasily Mosin who shot 29/30.

There are still two more quota places available at the European Championships in Hungary which takes place in February 2016.

 

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