TORI ROSSITER TOPS THE FIELD IN FINAL

Tori Rossiter beat the junior 10m Air Rifle Final world record score when winning the event gold medal at the Adelaide Grand Prix at Wingfield Rifle Range today.

Competing in the mixed gender open final against Tokyo Olympic team members, Dane Sampson, Katarina Kowplos and her older brother Jack, Tori (252.6 points) bettered the previous women’s junior 10m Air Rifle Final world record set in 2019 by India’s Shreya Argawal by a mere 0.1 point.

And Tori can thank a perfect final shot of 10.9 to claim the new world mark, and also defeat brother Jack for the gold medal.

Going into the final two shots of the match to determine the gold medal winner, Tori led Jack by just 0.2 points.

Tori, who represented Australia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, then fired off brilliant scores of 10.7 and 10.9 while Jack was unable to bridge the gap with his scores of 10.4 and 10.5.

Jack Rossiter’s silver medal winning score was 251.7 while Sampson (229.1) captured the bronze medal.

Tori, who turns 19 years old next Sunday, was unaware she had beaten the world junior record until advised after the match by National Rifle Head Coach, Petr Kurka.

Tori’s score would also have been good enough to win the 2018 ISSF World Championship 10m Air Rifle final where Korea’s Ha-na Im was victorious with a score of 251.1.

“I knew I was scoring well but I didn’t know about the world record until Petr told me. I was just focusing on each shot,” said Tori.

“I could see Jack’s scores on his screen, so I knew how close he was to me.

“I am really happy with how I performed today, and it is a great reward for all the recent training and training camps we’ve had,” she added.

While Tori missed selection in the Australian Olympic team for the Tokyo Olympic Games in July, she will be looking to win Australian team selection for the Junior World Championships in Peru in September and October, the Oceania Championship in November, and the Commonwealth Shooting and Archery Championship in India next January.

The full results can be viewed at Competition Results | Target Rifle SA

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