Caerphilly man wins clay pigeon world championships
1:01pm Tuesday 31st July 2012 in News
A Caerphilly man became world down the line clay pigeon shooting champion over the weekend when he beat more than 500 competitors.
Philip Morgan, 44 from Porset Drive in the town is the first Welsh man to win the title.
Both the European and World Down the Line (DLT) Clay Shooting Championships were held in Powys at the Mid Wales Clay Shooting Centre, Trefeglwys.
Mr Morgan won the World Championships, which were held on from Friday 26 July to Sunday July 29.
On the first day he made a perfect score of 300 which meant that he didn't miss a single target.
On the second day he shot 299, just one point off a perfect score and on the third day he secured the title with a score of 298 to finish with a score of 897.
He beat the Englishman Paul Chaplow who was three points behind and Australian Greg Collison who was four points behind in third.
Mr Morgan competed against 514 shooters from all over the world including the Sweden, South Africa, Germany, France and the home nations of the UK.
He said: "It's fantastic achievement. I am the first Welsh man to win this championship."
A Wales international for some ten years has represented Wales on numerous occasions and has been to such places as New Zealand and Australia to compete for his country.
He trains at South Wales 2000 in Mynddislwyn. He has also won the British Open twice and competed at numerous other championships.