Aussie Gold dominates Glasgow Shooting tally
Wednesday 30 July 2014
Shooting Australia’s team of 29 has produced more gold in five days than any other competing Commonwealth nation in the same sport. The team’s success is ranked third on the overall Australian medal tally, behind Swimming and Cycling.
In what has been an incredibly successful campaign, the Australian Shooting team has collected six gold and two bronze medals, in an outstanding contest of marksmanship.
With just 19 medals on offer, compared to previous Games editions where the pairs’ events almost doubled the number to 36, the team's achievement has been particularly remarkable.
On the final day of competition, 49-year-old David Chapman (Hoyleton, SA) set the medal tally going by claiming the 25m Rapid Fire Men’s Pistol title.
Chapman also set a new Commonwealth Games Final record on the way to taking the gold, shooting 23 points to claim the top spot.
India's Harpreet Singh took the Silver, while England's Kristian Callaghan won the bronze.
Chapman was overwhelmed by the moment as he shared his victory with his wife and daughter.
“I am extremely privileged to have won a gold medal at my third go,” Chapman said.
“At the end of the day, I have the same medal that Usain Bolt or Anna Meares have won, which is an honour and so humbling. Also to have my family here with me is just brilliant.”
Across the range, 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Adam Vella (Keilor Downs, VIC) secured his first individual Commonwealth Games gold in Men’s Trap.
The 43-year-old Victorian defeated Aaron Heading of England in a shoot-off for gold, where he clinched the top spot with a two-target lead.
Vella credited intense training for his success.
"The coaching staff has supported us and the training has paid off. This is a great achievement for the whole shooting team," Vella said.
“Although the wind caught me slightly off guard during the gold-medal match, I focused on my strategy and went straight for the targets.”
Veteran trap shooter Michael Diamond (Fingal Bay, NSW) only just missed the bronze medal by one target, in a gripping sudden-death shoot off against India's Manavjit Sandhu. Diamond had qualified for the semi-final match on a top score of 121 out of a possible 125 targets.
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon said the Shooting team had exceeded all expectations.
"We are thrilled that so many of our athletes, when getting into medal positions, have actually been able to convert under pressure," Marangon said.
"Our success will help dispel stereotypes and show that we are a mainstream sport. You have to be a good athlete, not just a good shooter, to win.
“Glasgow is just the first step in the journey we need to take to truly become a successful sport and have sustained international success."
Adam Vella – Men’s Trap
Daniel Repacholi – Men’s 10m Air Pistol
David Chapman – Men’s 25m Raid Fire Pistol
Laetisha Scanlan – Women’s Trap
Laura Coles – Women’s Skeet
Warren Potent – Men’s 50m Rifle Prone
Daniel Repacholi – Men’s 50m Pistol
Lalita Yauhleuskaya – Women’s 25m Pistol
Shooters collect three more medals in Glasgow
Tuesday 29 July 2014
Australia’s shooters have produced three outstanding Commonwealth Games medals yesterday: two gold and a bronze, at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, near Carnoustie.
The big-fella of pistol shooting, Daniel Repacholi (Nulkaba, NSW) began the medal count for Australia, with a bronze medal in 50m Pistol. The medal is Repacholi’s second at the Glasgow Games, after he took the Men’s 10m Air Pistol gold in a thrilling final.
The 32-year-old miner from Cessnock has created history by winning medals in both his events at this edition of the Games.
Repacholi qualified for the 50m Pistol final on a total of 543, and fought hard during the final, missing out to India’s Gurpal Singh who took the silver. The gold went to India’s Jitu Rai.
The second medal for Shooting came from veteran 50m Rifle Prone athlete, Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW), who claimed a gold medal for Australia in an incredible display of professionalism, blitzing through the qualifier by setting a new Commonwealth Games Record with a total of 624.5.
Brazen Glasgow Bronze by Yauhleuskaya
Sunday 27 July 2014
Six-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lalita Yauhleuskaya (Berwick, VIC) has won the bronze medal for Australia after enduring a brave fight during the semi-final and medal-match stages of 25m Pistol.
In the semi-final, Yauhleuskaya shot off against Singapore's Shun Xie Teo and Malaysia's Alia Sazana Azahari for a position in the bronze medal match.
The 50-year-old veteran pistol shooter came from 5 to 1 down In the bronze medal match, survived two tie-breakers and won the medal from Azahari in the third tie-breaker (10 to 8).
The gold and silver medals went to India’s Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed in an eight-two win.
Second Glasgow Shooting Gold by Repacholi
Sunday 27 July 2014
32-year-old miner Daniel Repacholi (Nulkaba, NSW) yesterday claimed the second gold medal for Shooting at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Men’s 10m Air Pistol, at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, near Carnoustie.
Repacholi towered above his opponents in stature and on the leader board, as he stormed through the qualification round, recording the third highest qualification score of 574, and making the eight-person final.
It was in the final that Repacholi displayed what a Commonwealth Games champion is made of, as he commanded first position throughout the match.
Coles claims Gold at Commonwealth Games
Saturday 26 July 2014
Laura Coles (Hocking, WA) has claimed the gold in Women's Skeet, winning Australia's first shooting medal of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre near Carnoustie on Friday (Saturday AEST).
Blue skies and bright sunshine presented an idyllic backdrop, as a bright pink puff of clay decided the gold medallist of the match.
Coles displayed nerves of steel and she breezed through the entire competition, maintaining her dominance in women’s skeet.
The 27-year-old exercise physiologist shot 14 out of 16 targets in the gold medal match against Wales' Elena Allen, who dropped three targets, to claim the silver medal.