Six British shooters chosen for Rio

Six British shooters chosen for Rio
By Sportsbeat

10/11/2015 at 21:05Updated

Two-time World Championship medallist Ed Ling says it's an honour to turn out for Great Britain at another Olympics after being chosen as one of six shooters chosen for Rio 2016.

Ling will be joined by Amber Hill, Elena Allen, Jen McIntosh, Steve Scott and Tim Kneale in Brazil with shooting the third sport to name athletes after sailing and slalom canoeing.

The trap shooter has already represented GB at Athens 2004 and London 2012 and took silver at the World Championships in Grenada last year after claiming bronze in Belgrade three years earlier.

"I'm absolutely over the moon. All the hard work has come together. You never know who is going to get the place, but I knew that as long as I held my form, I should get it," he said.

"It's a great honour. Every sports person who wears that flag for their country should be honoured - it's a great experience. It's what we work for, to obtain that Olympic medal. "I think the experience I've had means I know what I'm going to expect going into this year but when competing we're only as good as we can perform on the day."

Hill meanwhile will compete at her first Olympic Games after making a splash on the international circuit of late with stellar World Cup performances as well as a strong showing in Baku 2015.

"It was a really special moment when I was confirmed to be on the team. It's what I've been training for and to know the hard work has paid off means a lot," she explained.

"I've had so much support from British Shooting, my family and sponsors, and this achievement makes me feel like I've done them proud.

"My dream of competing at an Olympics really came to me after watching the target shooting at London 2012. I didn't understand the scale of it and how important a competition it was until that moment. Watching Peter [Wilson] become Olympic Champion really did inspire me. I would have done anything to compete.

"I've had to make a lot of sacrifices along the way and stay dedicated, but it's completely worth it."

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