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New Games record for Australian shooters

30 July 2002

Linda Ryan of Australia set a new Games record with a score of 1150 to take the gold medal.

Linda Ryan (left) and Lalita Yauhleuskaya

Linda Ryan and Lalita Yauhleuskaya

Ryan said on winning the gold : “It is really very special. The pressure is a lot higher at the Commonwealth Games. You really are at the forefront and expected to win. Coming from Australia there’s a lot of expectation here – it’s much higher than at the World Championships.”

She said of her teammate Lalita Yauhleuskaya: “Lalita is very happy. She was really feeling the pressure – everyone expects a lot of her since she came over from Russia as the 2000 Olympic bronze medallist.”

Pei Chin Bibiana of Malasia took the silver medal with a score of 1135 saying: “I often get into difficulties with my technique and so I had to concentrate hard. It feels great to get silver when Irina (Makarina) and I have worked together so well.”

The bronze was taken by Tania Corrigan of New Zealand with 1126. Corrigan said: “It’s a relief – there was a lot of expectation for us to do well because we did so well last time. It’s actually quite nice to get a medal. It takes the pressure off and we can now go into the rest of the matches feeling more relaxed.”

She summed up the spirit of the friendly games saying: “The Commonwealth Games is almost like the ultimate competition. Of course we’re all pleased when we win, but we all know each other. If you don’t win it’s nice to see your friends do well.”

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