South Australia’s Jack Rossiter turned the tables on his Tokyo Olympic Games team-mate, Dane Sampson, when capturing the Open 50m Rifle 3 Positions gold medal at the Brisbane Cup 2 championship today.
In a see-sawing final, Rossiter and Sampson were engaged in an enthralling battle before Rossiter clinched victory with a solid standing series of shots.
Sampson tallied 455.1 points to defeat Sampson (453.8 points) by 1.3 points with Victoria’s Elise Collier (437.4 points) collecting the bronze medal.
Rossiter was in great form during the kneeling series before Sampson surged back with an impressive prone round.
It was only the second time during this season’s Performance Series where Rossiter has outpointed the experienced Sampson.
Rossiter and Sampson will both contest the 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the Tokyo Olympics.
With Covid restrictions preventing Victorian athletes from competing in person in Brisbane, pistol athlete Elena Galiabovitch was forced to compete remotely via video link from Melbourne and managed to win the women’s 10m Air Pistol.
Galiabovitch (237.6 points) proved too strong when outpointing her Tokyo team-mate Dina Aspandiyarova (234.5 points) and Queensland’s Civon Smith (214.7 points).
In the Mixed Trap final, the proven pair of Tokyo Olympians Penny Smith and Thomas Grice scored a comfortable 43-38 win over New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney and WA’s William Freni-Lizzi with Kiara Dean and Michael Coles earning the bronze medal.
Aspandiyarova and her fellow Olympian Dan Repacholi also warmed up for the Tokyo Games when winning the Mixed Pistol Pairs gold medal when defeating Ellie Rudder and Alamdar Dastani 16-14 with Lynda Buchanan and Bruce Favell placed third.