Great Scott! Another quota place

(L-R) Steve Scott, Walton Eller, Vasily Mosin

(L-R) Steve Scott, Walton Eller, Vasily Mosin

Steve Scott has secured Great Britain a fifth quota place for the 2016 Olympic shooting events in Rio.

He took silver in the Double Trap at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan, to secure the Olympic berth.

Scott shot 143 in qualification to reach the semi-finals, qualifying in third place. With the scores reset, he shot a perfect 30 ex-30 targets to qualify for the gold-silver shoot-off, at which point a quota was already guaranteed.

In the final, Walton Eller of the USA beat Scott by 30 targets to 26 – but Scott was jubilant nonetheless. “It feels amazing after all my hard work and dedication,” he said. “It’s finally paid off after coming so close a number of times.

“I have spent a lot of hours on the range with my coach, travelling to the correct ranges and practicing in high pressure situations.

“I have to admit I was very nervous going into the semi-final because their was so much riding on it, but my training kicked in and thankfully I was able to just stick to my technique and keep hitting the clays.”

Amber Hill, Ed Ling, Elena Allen and rifle shooter Jennifer McIntosh have also won quota places, which makes them odds-on favourites to represent Great Britain in Rio.

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