Big news out of the Final selection Event in Sydney: Paul Adams has gained an automatic nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee for his first Olympic Games.
Paul led the field in Men’s Skeet with a magnificent 122 out of 125 and then held his nerve in the semi-final to advance to the Gold medal match and attempt to automatically earn a nomination to the AOC for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. After the Gold Medal match scores were tied with fellow athlete Richard Sammon, necessitating a tense sudden-death shoot-off in which Paul prevailed, earning him the Gold medal and a coveted ticket to Rio.
“It’s exciting and surreal. I just felt good all week, I felt like I couldn’t miss”, Paul commented. “Shoot the score and win - that was the goal”.
National Shotgun Coach Valeriey Timokhin is happy to see young shooters showing the ability to step up in important competitions, improving their performances under pressure.
Paul joins Lalita Yauhleuskaya (pistol) as the only two athletes to have met the criteria for automatic nomination to the AOC.
In other news Dan Repacholi has taken out both the 10m Air Pistol and 50m Pistol events. This comes on the back of his appearance in the World Cup Final in Thailand only days ago and a rush back to compete in and dominate this final selection event. The weekend’s competition also saw 2-time Olympic Gold medalist Michael Diamond with the Men’s Trap event as he aims to book a spot on his seventh Olympic Team.
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