Ken Parr has won a silver medal in the 50m Rifle Prone at the Baku World Cup.
Parr is the first male British rifle athlete to win a medal at a World Cup since Neil Stirton in 2008 and could see him rise up into the top 10 of the ISSF rankings.
Parr shot 62.8 in the 1st competition stage which placed him in second place before the start of the elimination round.
As the elimination round wore on Parr kept his consistency up with scores of 10.0 or higher until he was left in the final three.
His score of 187.5 was level with Petar Gorsa from Croatia and the two athletes faced off in a shoot-off to avoid being eliminated.
Parr won the shoot-off to confirm a top-two finish with group leader Torben Grimmel within reach on a score of 187.8.
The GB Academy athlete could not catch up to his Danish opponent in the next round but the silver medal is a great achievement for Parr who had never finished on the podium at a World Cup before.
Speaking after his success, he said: “I think it’s been a long time coming really so I’m delighted that all my hard work has finally paid off.
“I was pretty relaxed and calm under pressure. I’ve been working a lot with a psychologist and we’ve been doing a lot of exercises to deal with those kind of high-pressure situations so I put my training to good use and it paid off.”
It is the first time Parr has finished on the podium after previously reaching the finals three times without winning a medal.
“It’s an amazing stepping stone to win a medal. This was my fourth final at a World Cup and the next progression was to win a medal so now I’ve got one, I hope to repeat it pretty quickly.
“One of my goals for this year was to qualify for the World Cup final. I left it a little late but it’s really exciting and I look forward to extending my season to October.”