Shooting preview - 30 July
30 July 2002
There will be another five gold medals decided today in the shooting at Bisley.
Millar and Calvert will be gunning for gold again
The pairs events finish off and the individual competitions begin with the full bore rifle and the women’s trap singles.
Full bore is the long haul event, decided over three afternoons, culminating on the Stickledown range on Friday. Northern Ireland’s David Calvert and Martin Millar took gold in the pairs event but they will still be anticipating a tough competition.
Kuala Lumpur bronze medallist Glyn Barnett of England has already tasted success at Bisley this year with the Queen’s Prize, and he led the pairs competition with Jane Messer until an ill wind blew them no good at the final 1,000 yards stage.
Patrick Vamplew won bronze as far back as Edmonton 1978, behind his younger brother Desmond, and the Canadian should not be under estimated.
Derek Petterson of the Falkland Islands follows in his father’s footsteps. Dad Tony was part of the two-man team which took part in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Brisbane 1982, though Petterson junior will need to improve greatly on his 34th place in the badge match.
Canadian Kim Eagles will be hoping to add to the gold she won in the Women’s 10m air pistol pairs event with Dorothy Hare. She now hooks up with Helen Preston for the 25m Pistol Pairs. Preston was close to a medal in Kuala Lumpur when she made fourth place.
The Australian challenge is led by Linda Ryan, placed 11th in the Sydney Olympics and she doubles with Russian-born Lalita Yauhleuskaya, who took bronze with Anne Marie Forder in the women’s 10m air pistol.
Australia are again highly fancied in the women’s trap singles. Nessa Jenkins and Diane Reeves struck in the pairs earlier in the week. Canada’s six-times world trap champion Susan Nattrass will be back on more familiar territory after her skeet experience on Monday, although England’s Lesley Goddard and Anita North should not be far off the pace.
Kim Frazer attempts to win her third consecutive pairs prone title with a different partner after success in Victoria 1994 and Kuala Lumpur 1998. New in 2002 is Susan Carlyon, the Australian record holder at this discipline.
Michel Dion is going for three in a row in the men’s rifle 3 positions pairs. Dion had set the games record with Wayne Sorensen of 2300ex-2400 in Victoria. He’s now joined by fellow Quebec shooter Mario Methot who only made the team at the last minute.
British champion Donald McIntosh partners Martin Sinclair to represent Scotland. Sinclair’s wife Linda finished 10th in the equivalent Women’s Pairs.
The centre fire pistol pairs have become a benefit event for Jaspal Rana of India. He set the Commonwealth Games record with Ashok Pandit back in 1994. Now he goes for the hat-trick with Mahaveer Singh.
The South African air force are already flying and provide both South Africa’s team members in the 25m centre fire pistol. Allan McDonald won silver in the rapid fire pistol pairs despite problems with malfunctions. His pistol-packing partner Francois Van Tonder is also having a great Commonwealth Games – he won bronze on Sunday with Frederick Van Tonder.
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