Heading is happy with Commonwealth silver

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Long Sutton shooter Aaron Heading lost his Commonwealth title on Tuesday but admitted he was relieved to get a medal.

Heading (27) finished joint first with Australian Michael Diamond after the second qualifying stage of the men’s trap, scoring 72 points out of a possible 75.

Another Aussie, Adam Vella, pipped the local ace to the gold medal by winning 11-9 in the final in Carnoustie.

Vella hit all 15 targets during the semi-finals and beat Heading 11-9 in the final.

Heading had missed just one target (the third) in the semis but could hit just three of the opening six in the 
final.

Vella in the final hit his first nine targets but then missed three in a row as Heading reduced the arrears to two shots.

Vella recovered to hit the next two targets and seal the gold medal.

Heading was still happy with the silver medal.

The marksman said: “If someone had said to me beforehand: ‘Aaron, do you want to go home with silver?’ then, with the way I’ve been training, I’d have taken their hands off.

“I’m relieved that I’ve got a medal. Maybe I’m a little bit disappointed because I didn’t get the one I wanted but silver’s still great.”

Heading followed his father John into the sport and became an international at the age of 12.

He added: “Shooting is a fantastic sport and for 
those who don’t follow it, 
I’ve got one thing to say – it 
is!”