Great Britain's Skelhon heading to Suhl 2014 with double gold in mind‏

Great Britain's Matt Skelhon is aiming to complete the career triple at the 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships in less than 10 days' time, as he heads to Suhl, Germany, with two gold medals firmly in his sights.

Skelhon, who won Paralympic gold at Beijing 2008 just two years after taking up shooting, missed out on another title at his home Games at London 2012.

Just under a year later he bounced back at the 2013 European Championships in Alicante, Spain, to claim gold in R6 (mixed 50m rifle prone SH1) with a finals world record.

In 2014, he has won medals at IPC Shooting World Cups in R6 and R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) on the way to Suhl 2014, which runs from 18-26 July.

"My R6 seems to be going a little bit better than my R3 at the moment but I still keep putting in big scores in training in R3 as well," Skelhon said. "I've definitely got the skills I need to win both of them.

"That's my main goal, to go there and win R3 and R6. I'm just going to go and do my best and see what I come away with but I know I've got what it takes."

Skelhon's path to glory may be blocked by several world class athletes, many of whom have emerged since London and also picked up gongs in Alicante. Germany's European champion Natascha Hiltrop, who in Suhl will be carrying the home advantage, and Slovakian Veronika Vadovicova both medalled ahead of the 29-year-old in R3 in Alicante with Skelhon finishing in fourth.

In London, the UAE's Abdulla Alaryani foiled the Peterborough native's attempts in R6 whilst China's R2 (women's 10m air rifle standing SH1) Paralympic champion Cuiping Zhang should also not be overlooked.

Skelhon remains focused however, and maintains that he is his own worst enemy. "I've been shooting better than all of them of late," he said. "In qualifying I've been shooting massive decimal scores, and in training. At the end of the day I think I'm my biggest competition. As long as I can keep my cool on the line then I'm capable of beating anyone on the day."

As he stands on the edge on achieving one of his ambitions, Skelhon also commented on the Schießsportzentrum Suhl, the venue for the 2014 Worlds.

"It's a fantastic venue," he said. "All the ranges are really good and the lighting conditions are really good. The 50m range is set up really well. It's one of the best ranges I've shot on over the time I've been shooting. It's a nice place to be going back to."

A record number of athletes and countries, 266 shooters from 53 countries, will line-up from 18-26 July for the 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships in Suhl, Germany.

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