Olympic bronze medallist Ling adds World silver to collection

Olympic bronze medallist Ling adds World silver to collection
By Sportsbeat

04/09/2017 at 20:56Updated 04/09/2017 at 20:57

Ed Ling added another major medal to his collection after winning silver in the trap at the World Shotgun Championships in Moscow on Sunday.

The Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist hit 40 out of 50 traps to secure the silver medal, finishing three behind Italy's Daniele Resca, whose 43 successful shots netted him a first world title.

Czech Republic's Jiri Liptak finished third to take bronze at the Championships, which run until September 11.

"It's a great feeling to have won silver in the World Championships," he said.

"I didn't get off to a great start in the final as I missed a few giving me a bit of work to do but in the end I was delighted to come away in second spot.

"The medal match was really tough as Italy's Alberto Fernandez is a great shooter.

"The scores today show how tight the competition is in Trap that seven shooters finished qualification on the same score of 121 – luckily I managed to keep my head and secure my spot in the final through the shoot-off."

The title is Somerset shooter Ling's second individual world medal, after he won silver in 2014 in Grenada. He also won team trap bronze at the 2011 Championships in Belgrade.

Ling hit the headlines last year after flying home early from his Rio 2016 bronze medal celebrations to help his father with the harvest at the family's Taunton farm.

The 34-year-old's fellow Rio 2016 teammate Amber Hill, who won gold at the European Games in 2015, will compete in the women's skeet event from Thursday.

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