The second day of medals saw Australia pick up another three quotas at the 2019 Oceania Shooting Championships. The highest ranked eligible athlete in the men’s and women’s skeet and the men’s 10m air pistol qualified to the Olympics. In addition, all athletes whom qualify a quota for their nation must reach the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) during the competition. The Oceania Shooting Championships is currently being held in Sydney, Australia from November 1st to November 9th 2019.
The qualification round of the men’s 10m air pistol was topped by Australia’s Bailey Groves whom finished with a score of 568, three more than his compatriot Daniel Repacholi. The two athletes were the only ones to reach the MQS. Groves held the lead narrow lead during the elimination stage of the final, but was surpassed during the penultimate sequence by Australia’s Scott Andersen. However, a relatively poor final shot by Andersen allowed Groves to win the event and quota by 0.1 points as he finished with a score of 234.4. The bronze medal was won by Repacholi.
In the men’s skeet, it was Australia’s Paul Adams whom won the qualification round where he hit 120/125 targets. This was two more than his compatriots Joshua Bell and Luke Argiro. Adams would go on to have an excellent final where he equalled his Oceania finals record by hitting 59/60 targets to win the gold medal and Olympic quota for his nation. The silver and bronze medals where won by Bell and New Zealand’s Paul Wilson respectively.
The qualification round of the women’s skeet was won by Australia’s Laura Coles whom hit 115/125 targets, four more than her compatriot Aislin Jones. The final saw a new Oceania finals record set by New Zealand’s Chloe Tipple as she hit 54/60 targets. As Tipple already won a quota for her nation the Olympic quota was won by Australia through the silver medalist Coles. The bronze medal was won by Jones.
All selected athletes must achieve the MQS in an eligible event order to compete at the Olympics. The Oceania Shooting Championships continues tomorrow with quotas being awarded in the women’s 10m air pistol.
Men’s 10m Air Pistol