South Australian shooting athlete Jack Rossiter kept the gold medals in the family when winning the Men’s 50m Three Position Rifle final at the Oceania Championships at the Sydney International Shooting Centre today.
Rossiter, 22, convincingly won the final and registered a Tokyo Olympic Games quota score and is destined to join younger sister Tori in the Australian Olympic team.
Shooting in difficult gusty conditions, Rossiter set an Oceania record of 451.8 points to win gold ahead of Australian team-mate Alex Hoberg (445.3) with New Zealand’s Owen Bennett (423.3) claiming the bronze.
Rossiter held a three-point lead after the kneel section, but Hoberg peeled this back to 1.1 points after the prone.
In the final standing section, Rossiter defied the conditions to shoot two perfect 10.9 scores and a near perfect 10.8.
“I am very happy to win gold and get the quota. It always helps to get a 10.9, but it was a bonus to get two of them plus a 10.8,” said Rossiter.
“The conditions were quite tricky and I just focused on following the shooting routines that I had established in training. I just wanted to replicate those processes and maintain my concentration,” he said.
It was Rossiter’s second individual medal of the Championships after winning silver behind Hoberg in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle.
If selected in the Australian Olympic team, it will be Rossiter’s second Olympics having representing Australia at the 2016 Rio Games.
“If I get selected, I believe I will be able to perform much better than I did in Rio. I will know what to expect at an Olympics, how to prepare and how best to train,” he said.
Rossiter’s fellow South Australian Emma Adams also won a gold medal and achieved a quota score when winning the Women’s 50m Three Position Rifle final.
Adams showed her class when shooting a score of 444.7 to clearly outgun Victorian Elise Collier (434.4) and New Zealand’s Jess Burgess-Smith (422.8).
If selected for the Tokyo Games, it will be Adams’ first Olympic Games having previously represented Australia at the 2014 Glasgow and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Tomorrow, the last day of the Championship, will see the final of the Men’s and Women’s Trap.
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