Trap shooter scores first GB medal out the pool!
Ed Ling has won Team GB’s third medal, and the first outside of the swimming pool with a Bronze in the Men’s Trap.
For those unfamiliar with the Trap format, each athlete shoots five rounds of Trap over two days, giving them a score out of 125. The top six qualify for the semi-final, where they shoot another fifteen birds. The bottom two are eliminated, the 3rd and 4th shooters enter the Bronze Medal match to shoot another fifteen birds for the Bronze Medal whilst the top two qualify for the Gold Medal match where they shoot off with each other for Gold and Silver. The scores are reset to zero at each stage, so any lead in the Qualification or Semi-Final rounds is not carried into the Finals.
Ed finished Day 1 of Qualification in second place, having scored 73/75. He dropped 3 more on Day 2, finishing on 120/125 – comfortably enough for the semi-finals.
He struggled slightly in the semis, hitting 12/15 – a decent score but only good enough for joint 4th and requiring that he beat Egyptian Kamar Ahmed in a tie-break for the second spot in the Bronze Medal match against Czech shooter David Kostelecky who qualified third, which he did beating Ahmed 3-2. Croatian Josip Glasnovic led the semis with a clean 15/15.
Despite missing his first bird in the Bronze Medal match, Ed held his nerve and went on to hit 13 in the final, comfortably seeing off the Czech who hit 9.
In the Gold Medal match, Glasnovic tied with eventual Silver-medallist Giovanni Pellielo on 13 each after 15 birds, winning the shoot-off 4-3.
Ed has no time to hang around for the Closing Ceremony however – the farmer from Somerset flies home on Wednesday to finish the harvest!
Ed’s Final Scores:
Qualification: 24; 24; 25; 23; 24 = 120/125
Semi Final: 12/15, Shoot-Off: 3/3 vs 2/3
Bronze Medal Match: 13/15