Heading gets off to a solid start

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Long Sutton shooter Aaron Heading hopes he will still be the Commonwealth champion tonight.

The 27-year-old was the best British marksman on day one of the men’s trap yesterday.

Heading, part of an 11-strong England shooting squad in Carnoustie, finished fifth on day one of qualification with 47 points.

He produced rounds of 23 and 24 to go through to today’s second round of qualification in fifth place out of 36 competitors at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre.

India’s four-time Olympian Manshir Singh produced the best mark of 50 with a pair maximum 25s.

Australia’s former Olympic champion Michael Diamond and Indian Manavjit Sandhu – who is aming to add to his 1996 Olympic gold medal – were just behind on 49.

Australian Adam Vella and reigning champion Heading were both on 47.

Heading, who struck gold in Delhi four years ago, ended day one a single point of ahead of England team-mate David Sipling of Brigg.

Heading will be looking to impress again when day two of qualification starts this morning.

The second round of qualification gets under way at 9.30am.

The semi-finals then take place at 2pm with the final 40 minutes later.

The bronze medal match precedes that at 2.30pm but Heading, who won last year’s International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup, hopes he will instead be contesting gold.

Heading, who followed his father into the sport, became a Great Britain international at the age of 12 and is hoping his experience will tell when it really matters today.

Going into the Games, Heading admitted: “Everything in my life revolves around shooting.

“I eat, sleep and drink it. I have been an international since the age of 12 but it still feels amazing just to get that feeling of everybody watching you down to the last target you shoot. It’s a feeling you just can’t get in this world.”