Cox claims silver at World Champs in Spain
Monday 15 September 2014
Education student Emma Cox (Mooroopna, VIC) has stormed through the final moments of her double trap event to finish with a very respectable silver medal, overnight, at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain.
The 22-year-old La Trobe University student recorded strings of 24-22-26-25 to hit a total of 97 targets, forcing a sudden-death shoot-off against Great Britain’s Rachel Parish to determine second and third place.
Cox shot first and hit both targets, proving too strong for Parish, who missed a target in her double.
Cox had gone into the fourth round in fifth place, two targets from the Bronze medal.
While more experienced shooters cracked under pressure in the final round, Cox dug deep and finished in equal second, displaying an amazing surge of confidence.
The pair is not unknown to each other. Earlier this year, at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Parish had won the bronze medal in women's double trap, while Cox had finished in sixth place.
Fellow Aussie Gaye Shale (Rutherglen, VIC) finished sixth on 92.
Cox was very excited upon securing the silver, crediting a solid training regimen to her rise in the sport.
“I knew that if I could hold it together in that last round and shoot well, I would be right up there. After I had hit that first double in the shoot-off, I thought that I was going to win the silver medal.”
And she did, with nerves of steel.
World Champs to Mark the end of an era
Saturday 13 September 2014
Six-time Olympian Russell Mark OAM (Hoppers Crossing, VIC) has announced the end of an outstanding shooting career, choosing to retire after his Double Trap event at the 51st ISSF World Championship in Granada, Spain.
Russell made up his mind to end his professional shooting career on a high by finishing at the pinnacle international event for shooting.
“I wanted to be realistic, and retire on my own terms, as I don’t think I have it in me to win another medal at the Olympic Games,” Russell said to Shooting Australia.
“As a competitor, my time has come to retire. It is now time for the younger generation to shine.”
Encapsulating the career and highlights of an individual that has had such an impact on one sport is difficult.
Shooting Australia High Performance Manager Tim Mahon had this to say: “Russell has enjoyed an exceptional career and has set the path for the rest of the Australian team members. He has demonstrated how success can be achieved.”
Few would know what it takes to achieve exceptional performance as Russell has, with a stellar career that has included two Olympic medals, two World Championship titles, five World Cup titles, a World Cup Final title, two World Team Championship titles, a Commonwealth Games title, ten Oceania Championship titles, and 34 Australian National Open titles.
Russell is undoubtedly one of the greatest shooters Australia has produced, comfortably placed within the upper echelons of the sport.
Skinner secures Rio Quota with World Championship Bronze
Saturday 13 September 2014
24-year-old chemical engineering student Catherine Skinner (East Melbourne, VIC) has claimed a bronze medal in Women’s Trap in the early hours of the morning today at the 51st International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain.
Amidst a tightly contested quality field of 76 internationally acclaimed shooters, including World Champions and Olympic and Commonwealth title holders, Skinner held her nerve to shoot a strong 72/75 targets in the Qualification Round.
She then duelled with three other competitors who were on equal 72, in a nail-biting shoot-off for a spot in the six-person Semi Final, at which stage she shot-off again to edge out Italy’s highly decorated Deborah Gelisio, qualifying for a well-earned spot in the bronze medal match.
Skinner proved too strong for Germany’s Jana Beckmann, 31, winning the bronze by 13 to ten targets.
The Women’s Trap title went to Germany’s Katrin Quoos, while home country shooter Fatima Galvez took the silver.
Skinner’s bronze win also qualified for another Rio 2016 Olympic Games quota place for the Australian Shooting team, the second in as many days, with the first quota won by new world champion Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) in 50m Rifle Prone.
Potent performance delivers Australia's newest World Champion
Friday 12 September 2014
Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) has won his career’s first World Championship title, on the way to securing Australia’s first quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 52-year-old New South Welshman has finally secured the elusive World Championship title, a victory made even sweeter on the back of a Commonwealth Games title and a World Cup silver medal earlier this season.
Potent’s resilience shone through, as he comfortably cleared the elimination round, along with fellow Aussie Thomas Versace (Wandoan, QLD).
Confidently displaying his depth of experience, Potent charged ahead of the others in the Qualification Round, including Olympic multi-medallists Matthew Emmons (USA) and Niccolo Campriani (Italy). Versace finished his campaign on a qualifying score of 621.4.
In the eight-person final, Potent rose quickly to lead the field, and secured his position in the match with a steady 10.5 average.
ISSF Live TV guest commentator Emmons was quick to comment on Potent’s strong position.
“It is a major accomplishment to get into the World Championship final. There are close to 150 people trying to qualify, making it harder to win than the Olympic Games,” Emmons said.
Potent’s career has included an Olympic bronze medal (Beijing 2008), ten World Cup medals, three World Cup Final medals, five Oceania Championship medals and a recent commonwealth Games title from the Glasgow 2014 Games.
Wallace wows world with Championship Silver
Thursday 11 September 2014
17-year-old Lilydale High School student Jack Wallace (Yering, VIC) has won the silver medal for Australia in the Junior Men’s Trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain, late yesterday.
Wallace stormed through the qualification rounds spread over three days, recording the second highest score of 121/125 targets, and equalling the scores shot by experienced high profile Trap shooters Adam Vella (Keilor, VIC) and Michael Diamond (Fingal Bay, NSW), earlier in the day.
Wallace secured a berth in the six-person semi-final comfortably, after dominating the qualification match amidst a field of 66 competitors from across the globe. His confidence was clearly evident as he duelled with Irishman Ian O’Sullivan through the final two matches.
“I relaxed a little bit today, because I had shot well yesterday, but I was really nervous on the first day,” Wallace admitted.
In the Semi-Final match, Wallace shot 13/15 targets and qualified for the gold medal match against O’Sullivan.
Golden four set to shine at Granada World Championship
Thursday 21 August 2014
Shooting Australia’s charge at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain (6-20 September) will be led by four Glasgow Commonwealth Games champions.
Confident about having improved their medal chances, Adam Vella (Keilor, VIC), Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC), Laura Coles (Hocking, WA) and Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) will line up in their respective events. Each will aim to add to their recent Commonwealth Games gold medals, as they go head-to-head with the world’s finest shooters, at what is the biggest and toughest event of the sport.
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon said that the benchmark competition offered a crucial incentive for those on the road to Rio.
“The Granada World Championship presents the first opportunity for Australian athletes to battle it out for quota places. Winning a World Championship medal would be special, however, securing a quota place for Australia for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games provides an added bonus,” Marangon said.