Jack Fairclough defied difficult conditions and a car crash to win a gold medal at the Qatar Open for the second year running.
After winning the competition last year, the skeet shooter ended the first day with a perfect 50/50 and maintained his lead to defend his title with a score of 118/125.
“I was feeling good after the first day. I was 50 straight and it was all going well on the second day until we were rear-ended by a big cruiser on the way to the range,” the 19-year-old said.
“It was a pretty big shock to be honest and it probably affected my scores on that day but luckily I managed to pull through and keep the lead.
“It had been rainy and windy in Qatar. Stood in the desert looking around at classic British rain everywhere meant the targets were really inconsistent.”
Next up for Fairclough is the Delhi World Cup with the men’s skeet competition starting on Wednesday.
“I hope to do well in Delhi. I’ve been training out here for it and it feels good that I’m a junior competing at a senior event,” the shooter said.
“After Delhi, I will be going to the Mexico World Cup. I’m very excited for both of them with a lot of countries putting out good teams.”
Meanwhile, Ben Llewellin performed fantastically to secure a 4th place finish at the event after shooting 121/125 in the qualification rounds. The Welshman’s trigger malfunctioned in the final which looks to have cost him a place on the podium.