Silver medallist Jim Bailey

BRISBANE – Defending champion David LUCKMAN (ENG) was chaired from the range after winning his second gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, adding the Queen’s prize individual fullbore rifle gold medal to his pairs crown at the Belmont Shooting Centre on Saturday 14 April.

It means he has won the individual and pairs titles at consecutive Commonwealth Games. On Saturday (14 April) he also broke the Games record he set at Glasgow 2014 (401-42 central bulls) with 404 points and 49 central bulls.

Silver medallist Jim BAILEY (AUS) led the three-day competition – which is shot from 300, 500 and 600 yards twice and then from 900 and 1000 yards on the third day – from the second range on Wednesday 11 April, but was shadowed by LUCKMAN throughout.

LUCKMAN then narrowed the margin with a brilliant 900-yard shoot, pulling back four central bulls to trail by just one central bull heading into the final range. Then he pounced in the final 15-shot round, with five central bulls worth 74-6.

England’s Parag PATEL overturned his lower-ranked position with the best score of the final round (75-7) to claim bronze, his eighth Commonwealth Games medals from four appearances.

LUCKMAN enjoyed the tradition of sitting aloft the Queen’s chair, which is honoured by Queen’s prize winners around the globe.

He rode on the shoulders of fellow shooters from the range to the medal ceremony in 2014, but at Belmont they made a shorter trip as the range is about 800m from the finals hall where the medals were presented.

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