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Gold For Heading In Malta
Published Thursday 14 June 2018 09:30 by Craig Davies
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Aaron Heading has won gold at the ISSF Malta World Cup. 

Heading, who previously won World Cup gold in Al Ain (UAE) in 2013, was once again on top of the podium after a day effected by strong wind conditions which brought a delay to the final.

The 31-year-old qualified for the final in third place after a shoot-off and performed phenomenally in the final, shooting 42, with China's Yu Du finishing in the silver medal position with a score of 38.

And after competing in six consecutive ISSF finals in the row, Heading was ecstatic to finally come away with a gold medal around his neck.

Speaking after the win, he said: "I knew if I kept it together, anything could happen. 

"Going into the last 10 clays I was so focussed on bringing home the gold. I wanted to do it for everyone who has supported me. 

“The competition was really interesting. There was a strong wind effecting the targets which meant a lot of mental strength had to go into ensuring I didn’t lose my head on the pressure targets.

"I've now shot six international finals back to back. It's been a long time coming, I've been there or there abouts and now I've got it!

"I want to say a huge thank you to British Shooting, UK Sport and the National Lottery for all their support, I absolutely wouldn’t have been able to have won this medal without their backing."

Heading's gold, coupled with Amber Hill's skeet gold, means GB now top the ISSF Malta World Cup medal table with just one event to go. USA are second with one gold and one silver. 

Elsewhere in Trap, Matt Coward-Holley finished qualification in 11th spot with a score of 114. Just two clays off the qualifying score of 116. Ed Ling finished in 56th position with a score of 108. 
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