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.
Andri Eleftheriou from Cyprus won the bronze medal. Fellow Aussie Lauryn Mark (Hoppers Crossing, VIC) made it through to the semi-final, finishing sixth.
Introduced to the sport by her grandfather, Coles first tried out shooting when she was just 15 at her local club. There was no turning back for this aspiring elite athlete.
Competing at her first Commonwealth Games, Coles has credited high-profile trap shooter Michael Diamond as her inspiration in the sport.
While fellow team mates rejoiced with Coles after the medal ceremony, a delighted Coles said she was still trying to digest the fact that she had won.
"I had planned on reaching the finals,” she said. “I can’t believe I've won gold at the Commonwealth Games!”
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon praised Coles for her outstanding performance.
“Laura is a fantastic young Australian athlete who showed courage and composure beyond her years,” Marangon said.
“It was a great way for us to start the shooting competition and we are looking forward to more great results from our Aussie shooters.”
National Shotgun Coach Valeriy Timokhin was jubilant as he congratulated Laura upon winning the gold.
“Laura has worked extremely hard to get here, and this result proves that she has the skill to mix it with the best in the world,” Timokhin said.
Elsewhere, Lalita Yauhleuskaya (Berwick, VIC) finished in a tantalising fourth in the Women's 10m Air Pistol final, just shy of the bronze medal, whilst Emily Esposito (Casula, NSW) finished the qualifying round in 11th place.
Dane Sampson (Findon, SA) finished in eighth place after making it to the Men’s 10m Air Rifle final. Promising youngster Jack Rossiter (Onkaparinga Hills, SA) finished in 10th place in the Qualifying Round.
Paul Adams (Kippa Ring, QLD) finished as the third-highest qualifier in the Men's Skeet, with the final scheduled for Saturday.
In the Full Bore Rifle teams event, James Corbett (Benala, VIC) and Geoff Grenfell (Bendigo, VIC) are off to a good start, placing second before dense fog stopped the event. The second relay continues on Saturday.
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Glasgow 2014 Day 1 Highlights
Friday 25 July 2014
Laura Coles has won GOLD for Australia, after shooting 14/16 targets in the gold-medal match against Elena Allen of Wales. Laura shot 15/16 targets in the Semi-final round, after a qualifying score of 70 targets.
Lauryn Mark also went through to the Semi Final on 68 targets. Congratulations to Coles on achieving the first medal for Shooting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games! Read Press Release
10m Air Pistol Women
Lalita Yauhleuskaya has finished fourth in the Finals. Qualified with 379 points. Emily Esposito finished in 11th place, after the Qualification Round, on 373.
10m Air Rifle Men
Dane Sampson finished eighth in the Finals. Qualified with 603.9 points. Youngster Jack Rossiter finished the Qualification Round in 10th place on 611.9.
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