Despite already winning a quota place for Rio 2016, Ed Ling worked hard in Baku, Azerbaijan, to finish joint fourth in qualifying on day one, then joint third by the end of the round on day two to claim a place in the semi-final.
He faced Erik Varga, Alexey Alipov, Giovanni Pellielo, Manuel Mancini and Jesus Serrano in the top six when he hit 12 to shoot against Italy’s Giovanni for bronze. Erik from Slovakia and Alexey, the Russian, went into the final for gold.
Ed missed four in his first 11 while Giovanni went perfect until the twelfth target to eventually secure an Italian third-placed position. Alexey beat Erik 15-14 and send a second gold medal in Trap from Baku to Russia.
Yesterday Ed said: “The wind wasn’t too bad. When we first arrived it was really bad but no excuses.”
Britain’s Brad Davies finished with a score of 115ex-125, he said: “Practice has been solid and I felt like I had a big score in me so I’m a little bit disappointed. I’ve really enjoyed the experience of being part of Team GB in Baku. The line-ups are the best in Europe at the moment, and to put yourself up against that is a great experience and a brilliant learning curve for the future.”