Kuwait’s Atef Aldousari claimed his first victory at a World Shooting Para Sport World Cup today in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, following on from his historic appearance at last year’s Paralympic Games.
At Rio 2016, the 51-year-old became the first shooter to compete at a Paralympic Games for Kuwait.
Aldousari was the victor in the R4 mixed 10 metres air rifle standing SH2 who scored 253.0 points.
He managed to see off a surge from Great Britain’s silver medallist Ryan Cockbill who took the silver medal with 251.8.
Cockbill shot a 10.9 in the fourth elimination round to bring himself within touching distance of gold.
Aldousari responded with two 10.7s, a 10.6 and a 10.8 in the fifth and sixth, putting the British shooter under pressure.
As Cockbill dropped to two 10.4s and a 10.3, he tried to fight back with a 10.7 in the penultimate round.
However, it was too late as Aldousari had established an unassailable lead and breezed to the win despite a 10.3 and 10.0 with his last shots.
Changes to the format for single position events, where finals now consist of two five shot series instead of a three shot series, also meant that Aldousari’s 253.0 score is a new world record.
Swedish 22-year-old Philip Jonsson finished in bronze medal position with a score of 230.2.
In the third elimination round Jonsson, who made his international debut in 2014, overtook Cockbill’s score.
However Cockbill’s 10.9 drew him level and his slightly higher scoring saw him advance to the final round, knocking the Swede out of contention by just 0.4.
Competition continues in Al Ain tomorrow with the R6 mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 and P4 mixed 50m pistol SH1 competitions.