Matt Skelhon added to the GB tally at the IPC World Shooting Championships today.After qualifying in first place, Skelhon took Silver in the R3 10M Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1 event. After a shaky first Finals series, which put him firmly mid-table, he thumped out a solid second Finals series which took him into third, before climbing into second after his eighth shot and jumping briefly into the lead by one tenth of a point after shot ten.

Jonho Park of Korea put responded with a 10.8 and 10.7 however, edging Matt back into Second, where he remained, building a solid lead over Bronze medallist and London Paralympic Champion Abdulla Sultan Al Aryani of the UAE.

Raine Lambert put in a much more convincing performance than on Saturday, with 626.3 putting her 37th (note, the 8th and 9th placed shooters were tied on 630.9, just 4.6pts ahead of Lambert. Prone Air Rifle is frequently decided with decimals deciding tens of competitors! A 600/600 under the integer scoring regime was no guarantee of a finals spot). Owen Burke placed 54th with 623.4, Lesley Baldwin followed in 60th less than a point behind with 622.8 whilst Mandy Pankhurst placed 82nd with 609.5.

After lunch, Richard Davies led Qualification to comfortably make the final in the R4 10M Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2 event, but after a sound first series he slipped, avoiding the first elimination by 0.1, and succumbing in the second elimination round, just 0.3 behind Gorazd Francek Tirsek of Slovenia.

Younjun Jeon of Korea went on to win, setting a new Finals World Record of 210.7, edging out previous Record Holder Ryan Cockbill of GB, who set a record of 210.6 at the Antalya (Turkey) World Cup in May 2013. Juyoung Kang, also of Korea claimed the Silver medal, cementing Korea’s dominance at these Championships.


Results can be found at the IPC website, and photos from the event are available on the IPC Shooting Facebook page.