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Golden shot for England

01 August 2002

Michael Gault of England set a new Games record in the Men’s 50m Pistol singles, and took his third gold Medal of the Games.

Michael Gault

Michael Gault celabrates a new Games record

Gault who took a gold in the 10m Air Pistol Singles and doubles, also came first in the 50m pistol pairs, 10m air pistol pairs and 10m air pistol at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. He achieved a final score of 98.5 with a qualification of 559.

A jubilant Gault said: “This is the sweetest of all the gold medals, as I have defended this title twice – and I am now the Commonwealth champion in this event for the third time.”

Samaresh Jung of India took the silver with a final score of 94.8, and a qualification of 558.

Jung said: “There wasn’t really much pressure because I knew I would get a medal if I shoot normally, but I did want to win gold. My mind let me down, I lost concentration – I was just trying to shoot better rather than concentrate on my technique. But I’ve learnt a lot from this competition and I need to go away and work on the things I’ve learnt and make them a habit.”

The bronze was taken by Daniel Francois van Tonder, scoring 97.3 in the final and 547 in the qualification.

Pleased with his performance van Tonder said: “I felt much better than yesterday when I fell into fourth place – I’ve more confidence in myself today, it was one of the best experiences. This is my third bronze in these Games and the one that I’m most pleased with.”

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