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On the final day of the shooting competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 49-year-old David Chapman 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 71 out of a possible 75 targets.
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