Aaron Heading and Kirsty Barr are World Championship Bronze medallists in Trap Mixed Pairs.
The mixed pairs event was introduced to the ISSF programme last year to improve gender equality within shooting, and it represented a good opportunity for the athletes to secure an Olympic quota place for their country, with the top two spots providing quotas.
And despite the fantastic achievement of securing third place in the world, it did mean the GB duo missed out on a quota place for Tokyo 2020 by the smallest of margins.
The pair qualified for the final in sixth place, meaning their bib had a lower ranking than Russia who qualified in first place – and in the final it was Russia who sat on a joint 33 clays along with GB, meaning GB were eliminated.
Six teams lined up in the final including Slovakia, Russia, GB, Turkey and two Italian teams. The first elimination coming after 25 targets and it was Turkey who bowed out first. They were followed by the two Italian teams, leaving Slovakia, Russia and GB to battle it out for the medal positions. Slovakia ended up securing the gold medal spot, with Russia taking silver.
Aaron Heading said: “We’re Absolutely over the moon with our bronze medal. Me and Kirstie pulled it out of the bag for Great Britain. We had a really strong shoot-off with the Australians in the qualification rounds to make the final and we hope it was good spectating for everybody.
“I think myself and Kirstie have a great pairing. We have a really good relationship and all day we’ve been together.”
Kirsty Barr said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet! We came through so much today and it’s fantastic to have won.
“Our attention now turns to the British Shooting Grand Final which is coming up in a couple of weeks so time to get our heads back down and trained for that.”