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Shooting preview - 30 July

30 July 2002

Australian Michael Diamond hopes he’ll be seeing double by the end of proceedings on Wednesday, 31 July.

Michael Diamond

Australian shooter Michael Diamond

Double Olympic gold medallist Diamond reached the top in the Trap Pairs event with Adam Vella (AUS) and he’ll want the individual Trap title from Bisley to bolster his collection.

Olympic silver medallist Ian Peel (ENG) finished second behind Diamond four years ago at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games and will be out for justice after losing the Commonwealth Pairs gold on countback. He faces a hard battle, as he finished way down the leader board in the first session.

India is having a glorious Games, with eight gold medals in the first four days of competition from Pairs events. The Men’s 10m Air Rifle could yield yet further precious metal when Abinav Bindra (IND) and Sameer Ambekar (IND) take the floor.

These two know they’ll probably never be as famous as Sachin Tendulkar and other Indian cricketers, but each gold medal means a £10,000 bonus per event.

After a strong showing in the Pairs, expect Human Resources student Hameleay Mutalib (MAS) and teammate Erman Zakaria (MAS) to be challenging too, though England’s Chris Hector will want a gold after bronze in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle Pairs and silver in the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Pairs.

If Mick Gault (ENG) takes gold in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol, he’ll draw level in the all-time standings with fellow pistol shot Phil Adams (AUS) on seven Commonwealth Games gold medals.

Competition will be fierce, with Indian star Jaspal Rana looming and the flamboyant South African Air Force pairing of Allan McDonald and Francois Van Tonder high on confidence after their medals in Rapid and Centre Fire pistol respectively.

After Frankie Fredericks’ (NAM) gold in the 200 metres on Monday, 29 July, Namibia’s charge should not be discounted. André Malherbe (NAM) and Friedhelm Sack (NAM) were surprise bronze medallists in the Pairs event and have put their celebrations on hold until after the individual competition.

On the Century range, the second of three stages in the Open Full Bore Rifle takes place. Current leader after day one, Glyn Barnett (ENG,) is expected to make a strong show, and just two V bulls behind him is Peter Jory, looking for Guernsey’s first medal of these Commonwealth Games.

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