After a heart-stopping final, on Thursday 16th May, young shooter Matt Coward-Holley won a Trap silver medal at the ISSF Changwon World Cup, missing out on gold by the narrowest of margins.
Though naturally disappointed to have lost out at the final hurdle, the result nonetheless means that the 24-year old has secured a Tokyo 2020 quota place for Team GB.
Another story to come out of the day was Matt Coward-Holley’s achievement in shooting an equal British record of 124/125 in qualifying to finish top.
His impressive performances continued as he moved onto the final justifiably brimming with confidence.
It was a final of epic proportions, with the Chelmsford native and Cypriot Andreas Makri finishing level on 45 points in the gold and silver medal positions.
A sudden death shoot-off was to follow to finally separate the pair. But sadly on the sixth shot, it was Matt that missed, which meant he had to settle for silver as Cyprus took home the gold.
Nevertheless, Matt was delighted with the result, saying: “I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. I’m over the moon to have the quota place in the bag, it’s a big thing.
“I got off to an extremely good start, I hit my first 20 straight and I only missed a couple towards the end, so that gave me the advantage going through. It allowed me relax a bit knowing I’d missed a few less than everyone else to start with.
“I’ve been shooting very well over the last three or four months and I think this is just the culmination of all the hard work that me and my team have put in. It’s nice to have some reward at the end of it.
“I’d like to thank UK Sport for all their help and funding, the team at British Shooting, my coaches Diego Gasperini and Kevin Gill and all my friends and family back home that support me travelling around the world.”
Next up in Changwon is the Olympic Mixed Trap event which takes place today (Friday 17th May).