Two more medals for Skelhon in World Cup

Matt Skelhon won a silver and bronze.

Matt Skelhon won a silver and bronze.

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The road to Rio is getting shorter for Matt Skelhon.

The Stilton sharpshooter won a gold medal at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and a bronze four years later in London.

And the 30 year-old is on course to bid for more medals in Brazil next year after his exploits in the IPC Shooting World Cup event in Croatia at the weekend.

Competing in the first of three Paralympic Qualifiers in Osijek, he claimed the silver medal in the R3 10m air rifle prone mixed event and a bronze medal in the R6 mixed 50m rifle prone.

Over 175 athletes from 30 countries who are all eager to secure tickets to Brazil took part.

In the 10m event Skelhon finished with a score of 209.1 which was just behind Christophe Tanche of France on 212.2 points.

These two were well clear of Australia’s Anton lee Zappelli in third place with 188.4.

Skelhon, recently engaged to his long-term girlfriend, then gave another good performance in the 50m discipline as the reigning world champion and record holder.

He took the bronze medal with a score of 183.3. Gold medallist was Ukraine’s Andril Doroshenko with 205.6 followed by Spain’s Saavedra Reinaldo on 205.4.

The next two qualifiers are in Sydney from September 15 to 19, and Fort Benning, United States, from November 3 to 7.

Skelhon won a gold and a silver at the IPC Shooting World Championships in Germany last year.

His winning score of 209.5 over the 50m distance was a new world record.

Skelhon started shooting competitively in 2006 when he became a member of Whittlesey Rifle Club after being left paralysed in a car accident.