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19 things to know about Ed Ling, bronze medal winner at Rio 2016

Congratulations to Team GB shooter Ed Ling who will be coming home with a bronze medal won in the Olympic men's trap shooting event. Here are a few interesting details about him

Ed Ling Team GB bronze medallist

Team GB member Ed Ling won bronze in the trap shooting event at Rio 2016

  1. Ed is a farmer from Taunton in Somerset
  2. He won’t be hanging around in Rio to celebrate, he’s got to get back home to the West Country to help his father bring the harvest in
  3. He said: “It’ll be all hands in when I get back. It’s a mixed farm. We’ve got arable and free-range chickens and beef… I don’t expect dad’s been doing much because he’s probably been sat watching the computer. I know he’ll be absolutely over the moon with this”
  4. His wife Abbey is a three-time British trap shooting champion
  5. His 16 year-old younger brother Theo has just won bronze in the European Junior Championship
  6. They are a competitive trio.  Ed says: “Every time they beat me they never let me forget about it.”
  7. His dream is to qualify for Tokyo in 2020 along with his wife and brother.
  8. His father Steven is his coach
  9. Ed’s said to be very calm and focused
  10. Rio was Ed’s first Olympic final and first Olympic medal
  11. He is 33 years old
  12. Ed made his debut in Athens in 2004 when he came 25th
  13. In London 2012 he came 21st
  14. He found his form in 2014 when he won silver at the 2014 World Championships
  15. He married Abbey just afterwards so a double celebration!
  16. He weighs 76kg and is 1.78m tall
  17. Commenting on his win: “The bronze medal match is really tough because you know you’re either going to get a medal or you’re going to go home with nothing, so there’s a lot of pressure on that one… I missed the first target out there and was like, ‘oh, here we go’, but luckily managed to pull myself back up, got back into my routine and we were away”
  18. He said his “legs felt like jelly” when he was competing at Rio
  19. The 33-year-old trap shooter won his bronze by defeating Czech David Kostelecky 13-9 in the third-place decider having won a shoot-off after finishing joint fourth in the first phase of the final