Canberra trap shooter Scottie Brydon set a new world record in qualifying but was unable to grab a medal in the PT1 Mixed Trap Seated final on day two of the World Para Shooting Championships at the Sydney International Shooting Centre.
Brydon was in hot form in the qualifying rounds scoring 113 points to eclipse the previous seven-year world record of 111 points.
The gold medal was won by Italy’s Oreste Lai who defeated Finland’s Juha Myllymaki in a shoot-off, with Great Britain’s Allan Ritchie capturing the bronze medal.
Australian Shooting Para Shooting National Team Manager, Kurt Olsen, said Brydon should be proud of his world record despite being placed sixth in the final.
“He shot really well during qualifying but was unable to carry that form into the final,” said Olsen.
“He can chalk it down experience for the future. He will digest the day, learn, and move forward. But at the end of the day he shot a personal best and a world record, so he should be very proud of that,” added Olsen.
Melbourne’s Matthew Tingate also managed a personal best performance when finishing fifth in the PT3 Mixed Trap Standing final.
Italy’s Francesco Nespeca won the gold medal in comfortable fashion, but the silver and bronze medals were tightly contested.
Qualifying in third position, Tingate remained in medal contention, but slipped behind when shooting one of five targets in the third last rotation.
It proved to be an all-Italian podium with Nespeca’s team-mates Mirko Cafaggi and Emilio Poli winning the silver and bronze medals.
Olsen said Tingate was pleased with his performance. “It was his second-ever final and he is really developing fast. He set a PB in qualifying and continues to grow,” said Olsen.
Australia’s two other shooters on day 2, WA’s Duncan Burnett (P2 Mixed Trap) and Brisbane’s Mark Farrow (PT3 Mixed Trap) did not reach the finals.
Greg Campbell – PRISM Strategics Communications