Rio 2016 Paralympic Games silver medallist Abdulla Sultan Alaryani claimed his first win of the season on home soil at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates today.
Alaryani dominated the R7 men’s 50 metres rifle three positions SH1 competition, winning all of the kneeling, prone and standing rounds on the final day of the event.
The 46-year-old really came into his own during the standing stage to carry his form from Rio 2016 into the new season.
His score of 451.4 points was just 0.2 lower than his Paralympic silver medal winning performance.
Alaryani pulled well clear of Slovakia’s Radoslav Malenovsky, who finished second on 435.6.
Atidet Intanon of Thailand finished third in 427.3 to add to his bronze from the R1 men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event.
Great Britain’s Ryan Cockbill was also on form in the R5 mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2 event.
Changes to the format for single position events, where finals now consist of two five-shot series instead of a three shot series, meant his score of 255.5 was a new world record.
Cockbill shot three 10.9s in the elimination stages and saw off young Swedish shooter Philip Jonsson and Ukraine’s Paralympic champion Vasyl Kovalchuk.
Two of those perfect scores came in the second elimination round as it appeared Cockbill would ease past his rivals.
However, Jonsson had other ideas and brought himself to within 0.2 of the British athlete.
He maintained that position for one more round, but a slip in the fifth proved to be costly and allowed Cockbill to advance to the top of the podium with the help of another 10.9.
Jonsson took second on 254.3.
Kovalchuk’s challenge ended after he lost his early lead and was forced to settle for bronze on 232.2.
The win is Cockbill’s second podium finish in Al Ain, after he also took silver in the R4 mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2 event earlier in the competition.
The next stage of the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup will take place in Szczecin in Poland, between April 24 and 29.