MULTIPLE PARALYMPIC MEDALLIST MATT SKELHON TOPPED QUALIFICATION IN R6 (50M RIFLE PRONE MIXED SH1) AT THE WORLD SHOOTING PARA SPORT WORLD CUP IN CROATIA BUT WAS PIPPED TO THE GOLD BY HIS OLD RIVAL VERONIKA VADIVICOVA OF SLOVAKIA.
As he had done earlier in the week in R3 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1), Skelhon dominated the sixty shot qualification round. He scored 621.3, ahead of Vadivicova with 618.9. Lorraine Lambert missed the final, finishing in 12th.
Skelhon took an early lead in the final but fell behind in the first elimination round. He recovered to lie 0.1 points behind the Slovak with two shots remaining. Vadivicova held her nerve to take the Gold with a finals score of 248.4, just 0.4 ahead of Skelhon.
In R5 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2) Great Britain had two finalists. James Bevis, riding high on the previous day’s Gold medal in R9, qualified in sixth with Ryan Cockbill 3rd. Bevis finished just outside the medals but will be happy with his weeks work after a 4th place finish. Cockbill was the second athlete eliminated finishing in 7th.
In P4 (50m Pistol Mixed SH1) Stewart Nangle finished 10th and Issy Bailey 19th.
The British Shooting Paralympic Programme squad finished the competition with two individual medals from Skelhon and Bevis. Nangle, Bailey, Cockbill and Lambert all made finals while Vinod Budhathoki made his international debut.