Queensland shooting athlete Paul Adams is on target for a second successive Olympic Games after a dominant performance in the Men’s Skeet final at the Oceania Championships at the Sydney International Shooting Centre today.
Adams, a nurse with the Navy Reserve in Brisbane, shot with surgical precision hitting 59 from 60 targets in the final to defeat Australian team Joshua Bell (52 targets) with experienced New Zealander Paul Wilson (39 targets) capturing the bronze.
Adams was thrilled with his performance which equalled the Oceania record and clinched a 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games quota position.
“I’ve been working my butt off in recent months and all the hard work paid off today,” said Adams.
“The quota place was the icing on the cake. I will now take a couple of weeks off and get ready for the final Olympic selection championships beginning in February.
“My aim is to win selection for Tokyo and reach the final and then we will see what happens from there,” he added.
WA’s Bailey Groves snared the gold medal and a Tokyo Olympic Games quota position with the final shot in a thrilling 10m Men’s Air Pistol final.
Groves (234.4 points) edged Australian team-mate Scott Anderson (234.3) by 0.1 point with four-time Olympian Daniel Repacholi (213.2) winning the bronze medal.
Anderson went into the final round with a 0.7 lead but could only manage 19.0 with his final two shots while Groves shot a gold medal winning 19.8.
“All my hard work has paid off. I’m still shaking in my boots,” said a relieved Groves.
“0.7 was a good lead for Scott and I knew it was going down to the last shot. There was a lot of pressure and the stakes were high.
“When I first looked at the scores, I thought we had tied and that we were going into a shoot-off. But then I looked at the decimal point and saw that I had won,” he said.
New Zealand’s Chloe Tipple won the first Kiwi gold medal of the Championship when dominating the Women’s Skeet Final.
Shooting is variable conditions, Tipple set a new Oceania record of 53 targets when proving too strong for the Australia pair of Laura Coles and Aislin Jones.
Tipple had secured a Tokyo Olympic quota position earlier this year for New Zealand, and Coles managed to grab the available Australian quota position for the Tokyo Olympics when registering a Minimum Quota Score.
Tomorrow will see the final of the 10m Women’s Air Pistol.
The Oceania Championships will run from 1 – 9 November at the Sydney International Shooting Centre in Cecil Park NSW. More information is available on the event website. Shooting Australia Facebook and Twitter pages.
Greg Campbell – PRISM Strategics Communications