Australia second on leader board at opening World Cup
Thursday 17 April 2014
Green and Gold outshone all but one nation on the podium in Tucson, placing Australia in second place in the overall medal standings, as the first ISSF Shotgun World Cup event of the year concluded.
Over 300 shotgun athletes from 45 countries competed in the first World Cup of 2014.
Host country USA finished on top of the medal standings, with a total of four medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze). Australia followed in second place with three medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze), while India, Italy and Slovakia tied in third place with one gold medal each.
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon praised the efforts of the Australian team.
“We finished second behind the home team USA, and only just, when you consider the fourth from Paul Adam’s. This is a great start to the year and a solid result for us to finish second and beat some world super powers such as Italy.”
Break through World Cup final for young gun Adams
Tuesday 15 April 2014
21-year-old skeet shooter Paul Adams (Kippa Ring, QLD) has finished fourth in his first ever World Cup final in Tucson, USA, as he went head to head with the world’s best.
The young nursing student from Australian Catholic University has had an excellent campaign at this event, displaying quality that can only be expected from a top class athlete.
In the qualification stage, Adams shot a combined score of 123 targets across the 125 qualifying shots to finish equal third going into the semi-finals.
At a gruelling semi-final stage, Adams shot 15 out of 16 targets to then go into a four-way shoot off for the medal matches.
Silver for Diamond at Tucson World Cup
Monday 14 April 2014
Dual Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond (Salamander Bay, NSW) has won the silver medal over the weekend at the ISSF World Cup event in in Tucson, USA.
The six-time Olympian entered the second day of competition in equal first place with 49 out 50 targets shot and then reeled off rounds of 22, 24 and 24 to qualify for the semi-final in fourth position on a score of 119.
Diamond hit a perfect round of 15 single-barrel targets in the semi-final, and went into the gold medal match against India’s 2006 World Champion Madhavjit Singh Sandhu. Sandhu prevailed with 13 hits to Diamond’s nine.
It was another solid performance from the 41-year-old against a top quality field that saw 2004 Olympic gold medallist Alexey Alipov (RUS) take the bronze medal from Great Britain's 26-year old Aaron Heading by 12 to 10 hits.
Aussie Trap women rewrite the history books – again!
Friday 11 April 2014
In an Olympic-class field, Victorians Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) and Catherine Skinner (Mansfield, VIC) have rewritten Shooting Australia’s history after winning gold and bronze in the women’s trap at the first World Cup event of the year in Tucson, USA.
Around the same time last year, at the first World Cup in Al Ain, UAE, the duo had created history by becoming the first Australian women to win the gold and silver medals in the same event.
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon said it was an excellent start for the 2014 ISSF World Cup season.
“Congratulations to Laetisha and Catherine on an outstanding performance at the World Cup - to almost re-create history again and produce these results on the world stage is an amazing achievement,” Marangon said.
“If last year’s event was announcing to the world they have arrived, this result tells the world they are here to stay.”
With the Tucson World Cup serving as the final event in the 2014 Commonwealth Games selection period, Scanlan and Skinner’s result propels them in the right direction towards team selection for Glasgow.
Maroney off to a flying start with Gold in London World Cup
Monday 31 March 2014
Jason Maroney (Wangaratta, VIC) has won gold over the weekend in Air Rifle Standing at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup in Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain.
Maroney went into the second round of competition on the highest score of 629.8, and maintained his dominance by finishing on 210.1, to take the gold medal. Ukraine’s Vasul Kovalchuk followed closely behind him, to clinch the Silver from Great Britain’s Richard Davies.
Fellow Aussie Bradley Mark (Alexander Hills, QLD) was placed fourth.
Maroney has displayed strong form in a series of competitions leading into this year’s world cup season. He won the Air Rifle Standing and Prone titles at the 2013 Oceania Championship, followed by outstanding shooting at the International Grand Prix (GP) in Sydney earlier this month. Maroney shot an Australian Record at the GP and then went on to break it again the following day.
His excellent form at the Australia Cup in Adelaide last fortnight further cemented a successful campaign, with an unofficial World Record set in the Air Rifle prone event.
National EAD Head Coach Miro Sipek was very happy with Maroney’s consistent World Class performance.
“Jason shot two top scores in both his events at this World Cup, winning gold in Air Standing and finishing fourth in Air Prone. This is an excellent performance for the start of the year,” Sipek said.