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SHOOTING: Heading off to the Olympics

Aaron Heading won Olympic Trap silver at the European Championships to secure a quota place at next summer's Tokyo Games for Team GB.

It was one of just two chances for the 32-year-old shooter from Long Sutton who held his nerve magnificently on Saturday.

His final score of 44 was enough to see off Italy’s Mauro De Filippis who had to settle for bronze.

Aaron Heading (16249746)
Aaron Heading (16249746)

It was Croatia’s Jiri Liptak who eventually came out on top of the pack with a score of 46 to secure gold - but that won’t matter to Heading who was absolutely delighted with the result.

Heading said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to win a quota place for my country.

"I've been so close but to finally do it and give something back for my country, it really does mean the world.

"After everything shooting has given me, I can now give something back.

“I’d just like to thank my entire support team around me which is all made possible by the funding I receive from UK Sport and the National Lottery.

Aaron Heading with his baby boy
Aaron Heading with his baby boy

"I'd like to first thank my entire family, Natasha and my son who are here today, plus my sponsors Fiocchi and Laporte - I'm just so thankful."

Team GB now have four quotas in shooting with Seonaid McIntosh, Kirsty Barr and Matt Coward Holley having already secured theirs.

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