Skelhon strikes World Cup gold

World Cup winner Matt Skelhon.
World Cup winner Matt Skelhon.
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Sharpshooter Matt Skelhon has won a World Cup gold medal.

The 33 year-old from Stilton won the R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1 event at the World Shooting Para-sport World Cup in Chateauroux at the weekend by the tightest of margins.

Matt Skelhon with his World Cup medal.

Matt Skelhon with his World Cup medal.

The 2008 Paralympic champion clinched the win by just 0.1 points ahead of Finland’s Jarkko Mylly with bronze going to Italy’s Hoda Beatrice Broccolo.

Skelhon, a silver and bronze medallist at London 2012, recorded a score of 253.4 to claim a second medal at the event after taking the bronze in the R6 50m rifle prone mixed event earlier in the week.

Taking a convincing lead with four rounds left to go, the 2018 World Shooting Para-sport Championship silver medallist, managed to hold out for victory despite the tense finish.

The Peterborough-born athlete’s victory secured GB a second quota place at the 2020 Paralympics after team-mate James Bevis’ gold in the R9 50m rifle event.