James Bevis strikes gold at IPC World Cup in USA

James Bevis is enjoying a golden summer after his latest triumph in the USA.

James Bevis is enjoying a golden summer after his latest triumph in the USA.

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HOT-SHOT James Bevis is enjoying a golden summer after triumphing at the IPC World Cup in the USA.

The Great Britain star narrowly missed out on a world record score after winning the prone air-rifle section at the prestigious competition.

He will be travelling to Germany on June 25 for a training session ahead of the World Cup in July.

“I cannot wait for the World Championships,” admitted the Herefordshire ace.

“I have gone back to my old gun settings after reminding myself of how I got to the no 1 position in the world rankings in 2011.

“I have had a great start to the year and I can put more focus on my fitness regime.”

Bevis, who has bought a new house in Dawlish, near Devon, finished fifth in the indoor standing shooting discipline in the World Cup event.

He won the 50-metre outdoor prone section in a competition which involved only two shooters.

And Bevis struck gold in his maiden event - the prone air-rifle section – after shooting an outstanding 638.9.

“I shot a new personal best and I shot 212.5 in the final and that would have been enough to win any competition in the world,” said Bevis.

“I have gone back to my old methods and it’s paying off – and Germany was where I equalled the world record and got bronze at the European Championships in 2007.”

This year, Bevis has also clinched gold medals at ISCH – the International Shooting Competition of Hanover, the British free rifle competition and the National indoor prone British title.

At the London 2012 Paralympics, Bevis secured a coveted bronze medal after a dramatic sudden-death shoot-out for silver at Woolwich Barracks. His ultimate aim will be to take gold in the Paralympics in Rio in September 2016.

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