British athletes excel in Sydney

British airgun shooters have won three gold medals, set a world record and secured two places at the 2020 Paralympic Games following their strong performances at the World Shooting Para Sport Championships in Sydney.

Issy Bailey secured a quota place at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics with a score of 551-10x in Women’s 10M Air Pistol SH1, while Lorraine Lambert won the other quota place in 3 Position Rifle. Both athletes have previously featured in this magazine.

And the Team gold went to last month’s In The Crosshairs interviewee, Tim Jeffery, along with James Bevis and Ryan Cockbill, who featured in issue 108.

But the standout performance of the Sydney championships came from double world champion Matt Skelhon, who took gold in the 50M SH1 with a world record score of 251.4. Matt also took gold in the mixed 10M Air Rifle Prone SH1.

Speaking after the win, he said: “I’ve worked really hard and wanted to come to Sydney to smash it – and did that. Halfway through the final I felt the world record was up for grabs and went for it. I couldn’t be happier with two gold medals and Tokyo can’t come soon enough.”

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