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Skelhon Wins World Silver
Published Tuesday 8 May 2018 10:36 by Craig Davies
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Matt Skelhon has won silver and a quote place for Tokyo 2020 at the World Shooting Para Sport Championships in South Korea. 

The rifle shooter was competing in R3 10m Air Rifle Mixed Prone in Cheongju just a few days after a fifth place finish in R6 50m Prone, and he was determined to ensure he reached the podium places this time out. 

Skelhon’s impressive score of 254.3 was beaten only by Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovicova who finished on 255.0. 

Speaking after the win, Skelhon, said: "It would have been better to win than to come second but I am happy with my performance today. It was a massive final and I shot as well as I could. 

"I have been training really well leading up to this competition and I was very disappointing with my performance in the 50m event - my qualification went well but for some reason I lost some stability in the final.

"I have to congratulate Veronica on a great final and a new World Record."

Detailed final scores:
53.3 | 106.6 | 127.8 | 149.0 | 170.1 | 191.2 | 212.4 | 233.6 | 254.3

Skelhon, who won gold on his Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008 and was fifth in Monday's R6 50m rifle prone event, had qualified in third place for the final.

Skelhon added: "The facilities out here have been fantastic. The competition and the organisation has also been great and it’s been a very good Championships. 

"Next for me is to go home, take a break, get married and come back fresh in August ready for the World Cup in France."

Compatriot Lorraine Lambert missed out on a place in the eight-person medal decider after she finished in 20th.




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