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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.
The 52-year-old Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist commanded the match throughout the competition, and even set a Final Games Record on his way to claiming the gold.
Potent has been in top form going into the Glasgow Games, on the back of a silver medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Maribor.
Teammate Dane Sampson (Findon, SA) narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing in a tantalising fourth place.
Over in the Shotgun discipline, 24-year-old Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) brought home the final medal for the day, a gold no less, with great confidence, in perfect Scottish summer conditions.
After a shaky start in her qualification round, Scanlan fought it out for a spot in the semi-final, surviving a tense shoot off against India’s Shreyansi Singh to make the six-person semi-final.
Her strong international experience held her in good stead as Scanlan took charge of the match in the semi-final, leading the mix with strength and confidence.
She shot 14 out of a possible 15 targets, sealing her spot in the gold-medal match, where she maintained a one-target lead over Cypriot Georgia Konstantinidou, and claimed the gold for Australia.
Fellow Australian, RMIT engineering student Catherine Skinner (East Melbourne, VIC) qualified for the final with the top score of 71/75, but faltered in the semi-final, then headed into a three-way shoot off to decide, and narrowly missed to New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney.
Speaking about the success that the sport has enjoyed, Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon said, “It was a great day for Shooting in Australia and it’s fantastic that we can have a real impact on Australia's overall medal tally.”
“At this stage of the competition with four gold medals and two bronze medals we are delighted with how our team has performed.
“We still have another day to go and we are fiercely focused on maximising our performance and hopefully winning more medals for Australia.”
The Shooting medal tally now stands at six, with a final day of competition left.
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