BREAKING COUNTY NEWS: Sussex star wins Olympic medal
A Sussex shooter has won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this evening (Wednesday).
Steve Scott, from Battle, produced a flawless display to defeat fellow Team GB marksman Tim Kneale in the men's double trap bronze medal match.
Despite the pressure of the occasion, Scott held his nerve to hit a perfect 30/30. Kneale missed two targets to finish with 28/30.
Immediately before the bronze medal match, the British duo had finished in a three-way tie for third in the six-man semi-final with Australian shooter James Willett.
All three men hit 26/30 so a sudden death shoot-off was needed to determine which two shooters would advance to contest the bronze medal match. Scott and Kneale hit both of their targets, whereas Willett missed one of his.
All of the six semi-finalists had come through the qualification stage earlier in the day. Scott was fourth in that part of the competition with a total of 138/150.
Scott’s selection for the Games was confirmed way back in November last year - three months after he earned an Olympic ‘quota’ place for Team GB by winning a silver medal at the Gabala 2015 World Cup.
A double World Championship bronze medallist, the 32-year-old Scott - who is coached by Ahmed Al Maktoum and is 10th in the world double trap rankings - was victorious at the ISSF World Cup Final in Nicosia, Cyprus, last October.
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