5 things you need to know about trap shooter Ed Ling


Ed Ling became Britain's third medallist of the Rio Olympics when he won bronze in the trap shooting.

The 33-year-old from Taunton defeated Czech David Kostelecky after surviving a shoot-off to make the third-place decider.

Here, Press Association Sport details five things you need to know about Ling.

1. Family affair

Ed Ling

Ling comes from a family of shooters. He was introduced to the sport by his father Steve, who is still his coach and is a former medallist at world and European level. Ling's 16-year-old brother Theo is an up-and-coming talent who has just won European bronze while wife Abbey is a five-time British champion. Ling hopes they might all be in the team for Tokyo in four years' time.

2. Farming

The Ling family are not just shooters but farmers. The family farm in Somerset is a mixture of arable, beef and free-range chickens and Ling will head straight home from Rio to help with the harvest. His tasks later this week will include baling hay and carrying grain to the store.

3. Shotgun wedding

Ed Ling

Ling and Abbey married in 2014, with Steve organising a surprise shotgun wedding arch for the couple to walk through after their vows. Ling told the Somerset County Gazette: "We had no idea about it, but we have a lot of friends from shooting clubs so they brought their guns along."

4. Missing out on Beijing

Ling finished 25th on his Olympic debut in Athens in 2004 but turned down a place at the 2008 Games. He refused to sign a contract that meant he would have to train full-time with another coach at a camp in Italy. He did not want to be coached by someone other than his father and did not want to be away from the farm.

5. World success

Ed Ling

Ling was not among the big favourites for a medal in the trap but showed what he is capable of two years ago by winning the silver medal at the world championships. It made him one of the first athletes to book a place for Britain in Rio.