Abbey Burton won gold in her first senior final at the World Cup event in Italy
By Will Finch
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Trap shooters' fine performance at World Cup
Trap shooters Abbey Burton and Ed Ling have made late bids for inclusion in Britain’s Olympic squad with strong performances at World Cup events in London and Italy.
Burton was left off an Olympic selection shortlist published by British Shooting in March, but claimed the biggest prize of her career so far by taking gold at Lake Garda, Italy.
The 25-year-old shooter, who had never before won a World Cup medal, triumphed after a sudden death tiebreaker with the European champion Fatima Galvez from Spain, hitting two targets while Galvez hit one.
Burton said: “This was my first senior final, but I was not too stressed. I know Fatima, and I had met her in a shoot-off when we were shooting junior events.”
Women’s trap shooters are fast emerging as one of Team GB’s best hopes of securing an Olympic shooting medal this summer — Burton will compete with Charlotte Kerwood and Shona Marshall for one available spot.
The rest of this article appears in the 9th May issue of Shooting Times.
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