Great Britain increase Rio 2016 places at IPC Shooting World Cup
on 18-09-2015 20:02
Great Britain increased their medal hopes for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Friday (18 September), securing another quota place at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
An incredible R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2) final unfolded in front of a large and boisterous crowd where Great Britain's 19-year-old Tim Jeffery (211.8) claimed gold by the smallest of margins.
"That was my first gold medal and Rio will be my first Paralympics. It's amazing." Tim Jeffery
"I knew I was capable of winning, but I didn't think it would really happen. That was my first gold medal and Rio will be my first Paralympics. It's amazing." said Jeffery.
Australian silver medallist Bradley Mark (211.7) fired a 10.7 on the final shot of the competition but fell short of Jeffrey's winning score by just 0.1.
There was also delight for New Zealand as newcomer Jason Eales (190.6) ensured a ticket for Rio 2016 by winning bronze, joining triple Paralympian Michael Johnson.
Eales has only been on the international shooting scene for just over 12 months, and overcame Johnson to claim the medal.
"I'm surprised by the result, but also very thrilled," he said. "My heart was pounding through my chest and I could hear the crowd in the background so the pressure was definitely on."
The IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney is the second and penultimate Paralympic qualifier of 2015. The next and final qualifier will take place in Fort Benning, USA, between 3-7 November.