UPDATED: Shooting World Cup is right on our doorsteps

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British athletes make up one third of shooters competing in the Paralympic Shooting World Cup at its spiritual home of Stoke Mandeville Stadium this week.

The first IPC Shooting World Cup to take place on British soil since London 2012 hosted the Paralympics last year, got under way yesterday (Tuesday) and runs until Thursday.

International Shooting Competition held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

International Shooting Competition held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Nearly 120 shooters will line up with London 2012 silver and bronze medallist Matt Skelhon, silver medallist James Bevis and world-record holder Ryan Cockbill amongst them.

Skelhon will take aim in the R1 (men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1) and R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) events, after missing out on gold by just 0.3 points in London to Frenchman Cedric Fevre in the R3 (10m air rifle prone) event.

Looking ahead to his competitive return to Great Britain, Skelhon said: “I’m in good shape - shooting well - so looking forward to it - would be nice to get the qualifying world record next.”

Entry to the Stoke Mandeville Stadium is free throughout the competition, with events starting at 8.15am.

Finals will commence at 3.30pm on Wednesday and from 4.45pm on Thursday.

For more information visit www.paralympic.org/Shooting/Competitions/2013WorldCup

VIDEO: Filmed during Wednesday’s Shooting World Cup action.